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Clause 5 - Modification or discharge of affordable housing requirements

Part of Growth and Infrastructure Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 27th November 2012.

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Photo of Nick Raynsford Nick Raynsford Labour, Greenwich and Woolwich 11:00 am, 27th November 2012

On a point of clarification, I argued my case on the basis of the individual pursuing an individual scheme without any other element of housing, but I quoted the national planning policy framework to make it clear that there would also be scenarios where a cross-subsidy between market housing and other housing could exist. Both are affected and both would be undermined by appeals that took away the section 106 protection. If that were to happen, the realignment of the stars that the Minister described will not generate any housing at all. It will put a total end to the very successful rural exceptions policy, because it will destroy confidence that those homes will be kept in perpetuity for affordable use.