Council housing plans don’t include enough affordable homes
By Sarah Wood | 7th June 2021
Concerns have been raised that a proposed development on a former RAF airfield in Gloucester doesn't include enough affordable homes.
Gloucester City councillors will debate plans to build 150 new homes on the RAF Quedgeley site, as reported by the BBC.
Planning officers say that, while the site will supply much-needed housing, the needs of people who cannot afford to rent or buy would not be met by the scheme.
The majority of the former RAF site, known as Kinsgway Village, has already been built on, but there are still some small areas available for development.
Consultants working on behalf of developer, Robert Hitchins Ltd, said the plan for 150 homes related to a highly-sustainable site, with good transport links. They said that the new development would increase the supply of housing, as required by the joint core strategy for Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.
While planning officers accept there are economic benefits to the project, they say plans in their current form don't provide housing for those who can't afford to rent or buy in the current housing market.
Robert Hitchins Ltd lodged an appeal after the council failed to agree the plans within the statutory timescale, meaning the planning inspector will make the final decision.
The plans will either be approved or refused at the planning inquiry on 10th August.
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