EDC states that it will “seek a minimum of 30% aﬀordable housing on all new developments”.
However, the ‘Technical Document’ states “there is provision for this (30% aﬀordable housing) to be reduced… where it can be demonstrated that application of the policy will render any housing scheme unviable”.
A housing scheme can be rendered “unviable” if the site chosen for building increases the housebuilders costs (e.g. because there is an underlying aquifer or some such so extensive preparation of the ground is required prior to building). Therefore, a viability assessment for any site considered for building is required to ascertain what percentage, if any, of aﬀordable housing is achievable. Yet, the Masterplan Technical Document clearly states “For the purposes of the viability assessment no aﬀordable housing delivery is assumed”.
Since provision for aﬀordable housing is excluded from the viability study, how can they possibly know if 30% is even achievable? They may promise to “seek a minimum of 30% aﬀordable housing” on the site of the new villages but they certainly aren’t seeking it very hard and are a long, long way oﬀ from ensuring it.