PLANNING DECISION DEFENDED

Richmondshire District Council has defended its decisions to reject proposals for 69 new homes on two sites in Catterick Garrison after the developer refused to include any affordable homes to meet current government requirements.

The decisions - taken in March last year (2016) and upheld by a Planning Inspector after a three day Hearing in January and February – means Gleeson Homes has to re-think its plans for Somerset Close and Gough Road.

Now the Gateshead based company, Gleeson Homes – which claims to have had over 200 expressions of interest in buying homes – has accused the council of inflexibility in its planning despite their proposals failing to meet basic planning requirements.

“We refused this application because Gleeson would not include an any truly affordable homes in the development  - something that is a policy requirement for all developments in Richmondshire,” said Corporate Director Callum McKeon.

“The company believed that because the homes were low in price they could bypass our rules. If a new home is sold at a low price it only benefits the first purchaser but Gleeson made no attempt to ensure that the homes remained affordable for future occupants which is a national policy requirement. This position was agreed and upheld by the Planning Inspectorate.   

“While we are disappointed that these new homes will not now be built – which would have brought jobs and income to the district – we cannot allow one developer to flout the rules when all other developers are playing their part in delivering affordable housing across the District.

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