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Havering Council launches public consultation on affordable housing

PUBLISHED: 16:37 05 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:37 05 May 2016

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Residents are being asked to comment on the council's draft plans for building affordable housing.

Havering Council has launched the public consultation as it is in the process of preparing a new local plan, setting out how to manage the borough’s development by 2031.

The guidance document subject to consultation outlines how the council would prefer to see affordable housing being delivered by developers after buying a site in the borough.

The council advocates for affordable homes to be provided on site as a percentage of the total number of homes being built but there are circumstances, when the council may be willing to accept a payment from developers and use the money to build the homes themselves.

This is also called a commuted sum.

The proposed plans have been approved by the cabinet and are now subject to public review until June 17.

According to a council report, 493 affordable homes were built in 2014/15 and 366 in 2013/14.

Comments on the draft planning guidance should be sent to Martyn Thomas, development and transport planning manager at Havering Council at Martyn.thomas@havering.gov.uk.

The consultation papers are available here.

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