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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

I have asked officials for more information about the number of rural exception sites, as well as for a bit of an understanding of the extent to which they are 100% affordable and the extent to which they have the cross-subsidy element we were talking about. I had not actually understood until right now that there are rural exception sites outside national parks; I thought they were all in national parks. It is because this is quite a complicated, but tightly defined, area that we are not trying to reach a settled position now. I am not yet persuaded of the right hon. Gentleman’s case, although I absolutely accept that he makes it in all sincerity. I suspect we will not reach agreement on the clause in its broad application, but there may be some room for agreement on this specific application, and I would like to explore that with him after we have finished today.