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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 Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 11:00 am, 27th November 2012

Let me be very clear: I am not necessarily saying I recognise there is a genuine issue, but I certainly recognise that rural exception sites are exceptional, that they matter a great deal and that the people who have given evidence are genuinely sincere, so I want to go through a process of understanding whether there are, indeed, issues that we need to deal with. I am not yet persuaded that there are; I am just leaving open the possibility that I may be persuaded that there are, and I recognise the importance of this.