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I AM delighted to see that the long-awaited development on the Terry site has begun. It is especially encouraging to know that 20 per cent of the housing there will be ‘affordable’ thanks to the negotiations of the Labour-led council.

Many think such quotas are impossible to achieve, and I believe the Conservatives were suggesting only half this amount, which would have made only ten per cent of the homes available to those who would otherwise be unlikely to achieve a home of their own.

Sue Cooke, Windmill Rise, York.

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11:18am Tue 25 Mar 14

non pedalling pete says...

Windmill rise????. Needisay more????!!!!!
Windmill rise????. Needisay more????!!!!! non pedalling pete
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11:23am Tue 25 Mar 14

The Great Buda says...

non pedalling pete wrote:
Windmill rise????. Needisay more????!!!!!
If its in the same level of English that comment was, then no. Please say nothing more.
[quote][p][bold]non pedalling pete[/bold] wrote: Windmill rise????. Needisay more????!!!!![/p][/quote]If its in the same level of English that comment was, then no. Please say nothing more. The Great Buda
  • Score: 13

12:28pm Tue 25 Mar 14

nowthen says...

How much ( in pounds ) does an affordable house cost ? I've asked this question before and have never received an answer so I'm curious as to what is deemed affordable.
How much ( in pounds ) does an affordable house cost ? I've asked this question before and have never received an answer so I'm curious as to what is deemed affordable. nowthen
  • Score: 8

12:45pm Tue 25 Mar 14

ZachCohen says...

nowthen wrote:
How much ( in pounds ) does an affordable house cost ? I've asked this question before and have never received an answer so I'm curious as to what is deemed affordable.
If you can buy it, then its affordable.
[quote][p][bold]nowthen[/bold] wrote: How much ( in pounds ) does an affordable house cost ? I've asked this question before and have never received an answer so I'm curious as to what is deemed affordable.[/p][/quote]If you can buy it, then its affordable. ZachCohen
  • Score: 6

1:20pm Tue 25 Mar 14

sihendry says...

'affordable homes' aren't for sale... they are bought / managed by housing associations and rented out...

some can be sold on a shared ownership basis, but that is restricted, i think, to 5% of the affordable homes.
'affordable homes' aren't for sale... they are bought / managed by housing associations and rented out... some can be sold on a shared ownership basis, but that is restricted, i think, to 5% of the affordable homes. sihendry
  • Score: 11

1:30pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Badgers Drift says...

Sue Cooke is wrong on all her points.

1. The council did not 'negotiate' a 20% quota on this site. Barratt offered it because at the time the target was 25%. Subsequently the council reduced the target to 20%.
2. This site is an exception, not the rule. It is a mixed use site with no affordable requirements on the commercial use element, and the site was bought at a knock-down price owing to the failure of Grantside who bought the site at the height of the market at an inflated price.
3. Very few sites have come forward at the council's 20% target since it was lowered, with the majority not achieving this target;

Grain Stores ; 197 dwellings ; Nil (0%) affordable granted on appeal.
Barbican : 185 dwellings : 10% affordable offered
Hungate Phase 2 : 195 dwellings : 16% affordable agreed.

York Council's Local Plan has a target of 1,090 dewellings per year, which will require planning consents of around the same level. They are miles behind with this, having only achieved 1,425 planning consents in the last five years - an average of 285/year.
Sue Cooke is wrong on all her points. 1. The council did not 'negotiate' a 20% quota on this site. Barratt offered it because at the time the target was 25%. Subsequently the council reduced the target to 20%. 2. This site is an exception, not the rule. It is a mixed use site with no affordable requirements on the commercial use element, and the site was bought at a knock-down price owing to the failure of Grantside who bought the site at the height of the market at an inflated price. 3. Very few sites have come forward at the council's 20% target since it was lowered, with the majority not achieving this target; Grain Stores ; 197 dwellings ; Nil (0%) affordable granted on appeal. Barbican : 185 dwellings : 10% affordable offered Hungate Phase 2 : 195 dwellings : 16% affordable agreed. York Council's Local Plan has a target of 1,090 dewellings per year, which will require planning consents of around the same level. They are miles behind with this, having only achieved 1,425 planning consents in the last five years - an average of 285/year. Badgers Drift
  • Score: -70

1:55pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Thislittleold market town says...

How is it affordable when when you need a £20,000 deposit to move in,maybe affordable for the labour elite like Anna semylen and kersten england but for common folk like me it's not
How is it affordable when when you need a £20,000 deposit to move in,maybe affordable for the labour elite like Anna semylen and kersten england but for common folk like me it's not Thislittleold market town
  • Score: -67

3:56pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Dr Robert says...

To be sure we can now confirm who one labour voter is.
To be sure we can now confirm who one labour voter is. Dr Robert
  • Score: -57

6:24pm Tue 25 Mar 14

oi oi savaloy says...

how naive , the 20% affordable homes WILL go to unemployed single parent families with absolutely no private income and immigrants!

and the other 80% WILL be bought by private landlords to rent out to english families who cannot afford a mortgage.
how naive , the 20% affordable homes WILL go to unemployed single parent families with absolutely no private income and immigrants! and the other 80% WILL be bought by private landlords to rent out to english families who cannot afford a mortgage. oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -47

7:34am Thu 27 Mar 14

Thislittleold market town says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
how naive , the 20% affordable homes WILL go to unemployed single parent families with absolutely no private income and immigrants!

and the other 80% WILL be bought by private landlords to rent out to english families who cannot afford a mortgage.
Great point,true and very sad
[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: how naive , the 20% affordable homes WILL go to unemployed single parent families with absolutely no private income and immigrants! and the other 80% WILL be bought by private landlords to rent out to english families who cannot afford a mortgage.[/p][/quote]Great point,true and very sad Thislittleold market town
  • Score: 4

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