Concerns over S106 cash for housing

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Approval has been given for an outline planning bid to build homes in Craster, although there were concerns that potential funding for affordable housing may not materialise.

The scheme is for the construction of up to six houses at The Bark Pots Tea Room, at West End.

The applicant indicated a willingness to enter into a S106 agreement to provide an affordable-housing contribution, but some north area planning committee members said they were concerned that this would only come into effect if the maximum number of six houses were built.

Coun Trevor Thorne said: “I am worried that there could be no S106 delivery. It’s odd that the developer would build six, when that would mean a S106 contribution.”

Coun Andrew Tebbutt said that, as the current bid was for outline approval only, the more detailed scheme could be called to committee at a later date if ‘we don’t like what we see’.