December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A campaign group leader has criticised planners for agreeing a £200,000 contribution from developers towards affordable housing – branding the cash an “insult”.
Ian Cowan, of STAG (Save Trimley Against Growth), said McCarthy & Stone, which is seeking consent for 46 retirement flats on land at the junction of Hamilton Gardens and Cambridge Road, Felixstowe, should be providing 15 affordable homes.
He said: “However, this is not going to happen and instead the developers have offered Suffolk Coastal council the grand sum of £200,000 to build affordable homes elsewhere.
“This is an average contribution of £13,333 per affordable home.”
He said the figure was “an insult and is in gross contravention of the policies the council were instrumental in developing”.
Planning case officer Liz Beighton said: “The scheme does not include any affordable housing on site and, indeed, this is not an uncommon approach with such developments.
“The applicants have, however, agreed, following significant discussion, to contribute £200,000 towards off-site affordable housing via a S106 (legal) agreement.
“This approach would replicate that of the approved scheme and is considered appropriate in this instance.”