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Affordable housing targets

For sale board - housing

12:02am 5th December 2011

Councillors will be asked to recommend options to reduce the affordable housing targets for rural sites in York at a Local Development Framework (LDF) Working Group today (Monday 7th December).

Councillors will review whether to reduce the affordable housing requirement to a level that has proven achievable through recent planning applications and discussions. 

Councillors will be asked to reduce the targets on sites between two and 15 homes in order to help developers who build houses on smaller sites.

Cllr Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for City Strategy at City of York Council, said:

"Clearly it's inconsistent to have a 50 per cent target on rural sites below 15 homes and a 25 per cent target on sites above 15 homes.

"We've listened to developers and it makes sense to remove this anomaly for rural areas below 15 homes. We want to help developers not hinder them, whilst still achieving an element of affordable housing."

A number of options will be put before the working group on Monday including:

Option 1: In-line with the interim policy approach for large sites greater than 15 units, reduce the affordable housing target on small rural sites (between two and 15 homes). 

Option 2: Retain a 50 per cent target on rural developments of between two and 15 units and apply the targets identified in the evidence base pragmatically.

Option 3: Retain the 50 per cent target but increase the threshold at which it will apply to eight homes.

If the recommended option 1 is approved, the target will be lowered from 50 percent to 25 percent on rural sites of 10 homes or more and to 20 percent on sites of five to ten.

This will also ensure that the interim approach is consistent and in-line with the council's Affordable Housing Viability Study, until such time as it is superseded by the adopted Local Development Framework Core Strategy.

The LDF Working Group endorsed the findings of the Affordable Housing Viability Study, conducted by Fordham Research and dated July 2010, at a working group meeting of 5th July 2010.

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