Affordable Housing

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th April 2018.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, if he will put in place provisions to ensure that when a developer uses a viability assessment to argue down the affordable housing element of a housing scheme on the grounds that the scheme would not meet its fixed profit level but the scheme subsequently makes a larger profit than predicted the developer will make a contribution towards affordable housing in the community.

Photo of Dominic Raab Dominic Raab Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

In March, the Government published a draft revised National Planning Policy Framework for consultation, supported by guidance. This sets out a new approach to viability, including the use of review mechanisms on large or multi-phase sites, to enable local authorities to test whether the level of contributions initially agreed remains appropriate. The consultation seeks further views on how review mechanisms should be taken forward, and will close on 10 May.

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