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Council attacked on 'lamentable' affordable housing record

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

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A council has been attacked over its "lamentable" record on the supply of new affordable housing by a developer.

Cantay Estates Limited slammed Oxford City Council in closing statements to a public inquiry into new home development plans.

Cantay appealed to the inspectorate after the council threw out the plans last November, the Oxford Times reported.

The developer's proposals included 25 affordable homes from a total of 43 planned new homes.

Cantay's Richard Kimblin told the inquiry that there were 3,816 people on the council's housing register in 2006 with 1,240 lettings then available, while there are currently 5,067 on the register with only 767 lettings. He called the council's record "lamentable".

Speaking for the council, Simon Pickes said: “The city does not in any way seek to hide from the scale of the need for affordable houses in Oxford, the effect of the recession on the completion of affordable houses in the recent past, and the impacts of the lack of supply of affordable housing for those concerned.

“But the proposal represents, nonetheless, a modest gross and very modest net addition to stock city-wide to be weighed against the localised effect of the proposed development on open space provision clearly contrary to the up-to-date development plan.”

Cantay has tried to get planning permission for the land in Cowley three times in the past 13 months, with the first two attempts thrown out by the council.

A decision on whether or not the developer's third attempt will go through will be made at a later date.

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