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WPC Planning and Highways

Postby IanG on 09 Dec 2015, 22:55

On Monday 14th December WPC will discuss the implications of the Government's extension of the 'Right to Buy' policy for our rural exception housing stock (25 at the Beckers and 26 at the Pheasantry). The Planning Permissions for these developments were granted subject to the condition that the properties were reserved for local people 'in perpetuity' (provided that local people meeting certain criteria wanted them).

Should current or future tenants be given the right to buy these properties; or should the condition be respected?

If you have a view, share it with a Councillor before Monday's meeting; or come along to the meeting (7.30pm at the new Parish Hub in Copthorne) and take a slot in the public speaking.
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Re: WPC Planning and Highways

Postby AlanB on 13 Dec 2015, 12:20

I believe that the condition should be respected and social housing preserved.

However, there are some provisions in the bill that I would conditionally support. For instance, it seems wrong that someone can have social housing at lower rent than the equivalent in the private sector when their circumstances change such that they would no longer satisfy the criteria for social housing. Tenancy and right to continued tenancy needs to be reviewed and means tested at regular intervals. If the tenants no longer meet the criteria and there is a waiting list of those who do surely those in need should be helped?

It also seems wrong that someone could buy a taxpayer subsidised home at perhaps 80% of the market price and then sell it off at full market price a few years later. They would have already benefited from years of subsidised rent. Why should they be allowed to profit? Housing stock needs to be retained as either social or truly affordable.
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