In a recent planning appeal relating to the proposed development of 115 privately rented dwellings, the Inspector found that the private management of the affordable units rather than management by a Registered Provider did not conflict with the development plan and so allowed the appeal.
The Inspector stated in their decision “whilst I note the Council’s preference is towards a registered provider of social housing, there is nothing before me, in either policy terms or within the UU itself, to lead me to believe that private management of the affordable units would compromise their delivery or management, in the short or long term”.
Whilst this is not a significant shift in policy as the National Planning Policy Framework contemplates private management of affordable dwellings in Build to Rent Schemes, and this appeal related to the delivery of 100% private rented dwellings, the Council had concerns about the ongoing management of the units and the selection criteria to be applied. The Inspector, however, noted that the type and distribution of the affordable dwellings were yet to be agreed, and imposed a condition requiring approval of such details by the Council prior to commencement to ensure that the units would be retained as affordable rent in perpetuity.
The full appeal decision can be found here. If you have any concerns or queries in relation to the ramifications of this decision please contact us. Our experienced team of planning lawyers and dedicated affordable housing team are on hand to advise.
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