Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Government Policy on Affordable Housing Exemption Thresholds Quashed

Two Berkshire councils have won a landmark High Court challenge over government policy brought in last November which set a threshold on the size of developments beneath which planning authorities should not seek affordable housing contributions through section 106 agreements. That has now been quashed as has the vacant building credit policy. Under those provisions affordable housing requirements were reduced according to the extent to which a housing proposal involved the re-use or redevelopment of vacant buildings. As a result of the ruling by Mr Justice Holgate some 12 paragraphs have been removed from the National Planning Policy Guidance. Read more on the Planning Portal website.

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