Nicky Linihan, for POS, told Planning magazine "Whilst there is a need to consider the proposals in more detail once further information is available; notwithstanding this, POS is of the view that the setting of thresholds for affordable housing should be done at the local level rather than taking a 'one size fits all' approach. This allows local circumstances to be applied in relation to viability and is already part of the local plan and planning application processes. "
The Chancellor's Autumn Statement featured the announcement that the government will consult on a new 10 unit threshold for section 106 affordable housing contributions to reduce costs for smaller builders.
Linihan added "the implications for areas which rely on smaller sites for the delivery of a large proportion of their housing would be to significantly reduce their ability to deliver much needed affordable housing, and to maintain or create sustainable communities. Unless alternative methods of funding are introduced the challenges we face in relation to supporting those in housing need will become considerably worse."
Nicky Linihan, Topic Convenor for Housing, Regeneration and Economic Development