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Government's housing policy storing up trouble for the future - council

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Development, Local Government

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A council has written to the coalition after becoming concerned that its affordable housing policies are "storing up trouble for the future".

Milton Keynes Council has contacted planning minister Nick Boles to accuse the government making it hard for affordable housing to be built alongside new developments.

Although the council currently attempts to ensure that 30% of housing developments in the city are 'affordable', the local authority has "major concerns" that recent changes by the government has "swung the balance too far in favour of developers".

Cllr David Hopkins, portfolio holder for planning and economic development, and the letter's author, said: “We are frequently confronted with applications that show a development is only viable if affordable housing is greatly reduced.

“The inability to secure full funding for essential infrastructure or adequate levels of affordable housing means that new development is having a negative impact on the quality of life of existing communities - all of which is storing up trouble for the future.”

In a reply, Boles refused an offer to meet with cllr Hopkins but said: "We have been clear that the only grounds to reconsider previously agreed affordable housing contributions are economic viability and this needs to be evidenced and demonstrated for review.”

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