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No, this is affordable
I READ with great interest the debate going on in the pages of The Press about increasing the supply of new homes and new affordable homes. Yorkshire Housing is one of the largest providers of new affordable homes in Yorkshire, and in York.
In our experience new housing developments are, in the main, stalled due to the lack of buyers who have access to affordable mortgages and large deposits.
While in some exceptional cases, affordable housing requirements on some hard-to-develop sites could be reduced to make the development viable, this is necessary only in exceptional cases and City of York Council have taken this very pragmatic approach when necessary.
There are very strong lobby groups who see an opportunity to use the acute shortage of all types of homes to dismantle completely an approach which has secured umpteen hundreds of affordable homes for the people of York over the last 15 years.
The Government has recently considered removing the obligation to provide affordable housing from new developments but has rejected this approach. A similar approach should be adopted in York and an acceptance that affordable housing is an integral part of all modern new housing developments.
Ged Walsh, Director of New Business and Development, Yorkshire Housing, Briggate, Leeds.