Saturday, December 19, 2009

S106 Sets Lib Dems in Further Spin

Councillor Chris Howell’s blog on the East Area Committee shows the Lib Dems in a further spin over Section 106 payments. After the confusion at another committee about how the tax worked, the Lib Dems in this part of the city were in denial that it was a tax at all.

The City Conservative manifesto – which I wrote – promised, “We will not take part in the arbitrary ‘bidding war’ as to the % of affordable housing to be included in each development – by their natures, each application should be examined on its own merit.”

Chris says, “it is a tragic irony that Council demands for affordable housing are probably doing most to keep housing unaffordable for the vast majority of the local population.”

Quite right.

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