Suffolk Coastal District Council “disappointed” after Planning Inspectorate removes affordable housing obligation

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Suffolk Coastal District Council is “disappointed” with the Planning Inspectorate’s decision to allow an appeal for a housing development in Framlingham, according to its committee member responsible for planning.

The appeal was made by Hopkins Homes, who intend to build a 140-home site planned for land off Station Road. The council wanted to place an obligation on the developers of the proposals to provide 47 affordable homes, as part of a Section 106 agreement.

However, the Planning Inspectorate has allowed the appeal and deleted that obligation from the planning consent.

Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Suffolk Coastal’s cabinet member with responsibility for planning, said: “We are obviously disappointed by this decision, as there is a pressing need for affordable housing in this area.

“However, we accept the decision made by the Planning Inspectorate and hopefully this will allow the developer to go ahead with this project, sooner rather than later, to provide the new housing we require to meet the demanding target of providing 7,900 new homes, as set out in the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan.”