Proposals may affect supply of housing

Lib Dem campaigner Julie Pörksen has welcomed the news that a group of cross-party MPs has brought a bill before Parliament to protect rural communities from proposals, which risk drying up the supply of affordable homes.

The Government is due to make an imminent decision on proposals to remove section 106 obligations, which deliver affordable homes, from sites of less than 10 homes. The measure aims to make it easier for small builders to build homes of any kind, but could affect the supply of affordable homes.

Julie said: “This bill is important to keep the obligation on developers to build affordable housing – any reduction in affordable homes would be disastrous for rural areas like Northumberland where the cost of living is high and issues like fuel poverty are very real for many people, from young families to pensioners.”