Friday, 23 March 2018

Council To Publish Files Used To Bypass Affordable Housing Quotas

Manchester city council has voted to make public the secret documents used by developers to bypass affordable housing quotas. Analysis by the Guardian earlier this month showed that developers behind almost 15,000 new homes given the green light by the council’s planning committee in the past two years all managed to avoid including any affordable housing in their developments. In many cases, developers submitted confidential viability assessments to successfully argue that their projects would not go ahead if they were to offer even one flat for affordable rent or sale. Just 65 of the 14,667 units analysed by the Guardian made any concessions to affordability, being pitched as shared ownership properties. Read more on the Guardian website.

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