Care village represents 'lost opportunity' to provide affordable houses

PUBLISHED: 12:56 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:57 26 February 2018

Plans for a care village have been described as a 'lost opportunity'.

The 60-flat scheme for North End in Yatton is being planned within Bloor Homes’ second phase in Arnolds Way.

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Normally, developers must make 30 per cent of their homes affordable – such as building them for a housing agency to use.

Bloor, by giving up land for the care facility, though does not need to provide affordable homes as it is considered to have made a large enough contribution to the community already.

Campaigner Steve Bridger feels this was kept quiet.

He said: “Behind closed doors North Somerset Council is tearing up its own policies on affordable housing and this is another lost opportunity to deliver a contribution to meeting local need for truly affordable housing in our villages.

“Rather than meek acquiescence, I want the council to take firmer action on developers who undercut their affordable housing commitments and follow the lead of some authorities in demanding developers publish financial viability appraisals.”

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