A house builder has claimed it cannot include affordable flats in an otherwise luxury complex despite promising to do so in return for planning approval.
Developer Crest Nicholson South has made an offer of £1.2 million for Brighton and Hove City Council to build cheaper housing elsewhere after claiming it cannot create them as part of a new development in Hove.
But councillors have condemned the move which they say will divide communities and create ghettoisation with less affluent residents all housed away from the richer people.Booo! Eeeeeevil, greedy developers!
...the housebuilder contacted the council in August to say its chosen registered social landlord (RSL) Affinity Sutton had pulled out of the agreement and it could not reach an agreement with under bidder Hyde Housing.
Five other providers also turned down the chance with the Government’s decision to reduce social rents by one per cent for the next four years cited as a reason.Heh! Seems business isn't going to stump up the cash for the government's barmy ideas.
Planning officers said they could not answer Labour councillor Lloyd Russell-Moyle’s question over why the city council could not step in and take on the management itself and that clarification was needed from housing officers.Because then, I guess, they'd have to mix with those social tenants, rather than avoid them, let someone else have all the hassle, and boast about how well they've done in glossy council brochures...