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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 am happy to look into all the questions the right hon. Gentleman and the hon. Gentleman have raised. In assessing viability, we absolutely do not want, on the one hand, to set a thousand hares running by charging the Planning Inspectorate with looking at a huge range of issues; by definition, we do not want to reopen the entire negotiation that has led to a planning application that we are all trying to see brought forward.  On the other hand, in the case of a rural exception site, which the right hon. Gentleman discussed, it is legitimate to ask whether exactly the same criteria can be applied as will be applied under the clause to, shall we say, normal, more run-of-the-mill developments. That is the kind of issue I hope we can discuss and try to reach agreement on.