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10 unit national threshold for affordable housing back on the agenda
24 May 2016

The wrangle in relation to the provision of affordable housing on small sites between Brandon Lewis, the Minister for Planning and Housing, and a consortium of local authorities has taken a new twist following a Court of Appeal decision on 11th May 2016.

The Court judgement has effectively upheld the Secretary of State’s original decision to exempt sites of 10 homes or under from any affordable housing contribution. The Court allowed the Secretary of State’s appeal on all grounds, paving the way for the 10 unit threshold to be re-implemented.

The full judgement can be viewed here.

In response the Government have wasted no time in revising the National Planning Practice Guidance suite, issuing changes that once again exempt all sites of 10 units or fewer from any affordable housing contribution. It is our understanding that this exemption will come into effect immediately. This will have positive implications for smaller sites that may have encountered viability issues in the past whilst also representing a broader opportunity to once again maximise site value on a wide number of rural or village sites.

These changes will impact not only on new proposals coming forward in future but on the ability of Robinson & Hall to revisit existing schemes on your behalf that are either at application stage or in the pipeline.

For more information on the latest twist in what is now a planning policy rollercoaster, please contact either Alex or Andrew to discuss how it may affect your own aspirations.


Call or email Andrew Barr on

01234 362926


Call or email Alex Munro on

01234 362891

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