Laura Sharman 05 February 2021

Planning inspector backs council over affordable housing decision

Planning inspector backs council over affordable housing decision image

Trafford Council was right to refuse permission for a new development that had no affordable housing, a planning inspector has ruled.

The council had refused planning permission for 400 properties on land in Partington because it failed to meet its policy of providing 45% affordable home provision.

Planning inspector, Christina Downes, dismissed an appeal by Redrow Homes over the decision, stating: 'The failure to provide affordable housing is a matter to which I give very substantial weight in this case.'

Cllr James Wright, the council's executive member for housing and regeneration, said residents should not be priced out of living in the area. 'Therefore, we will do all we can to make sure people can afford to live in the area, that fair and inclusive housing will be built for all and that our children will be able to continue living in Trafford if they so desire,' he said.

'We welcome large scale developments but they must be compliant with our affordable housing policy and suit the needs of the borough.'

The council has approved plans for more than 400 homes at two sites in Partington that provide 118 affordable properties.

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