To give consideration to the draft Interim Planning Statement on Affordable Housing
The Committee gave consideration to a report outlining the proposal for the introduction of an Interim Planning Statement to be used in considering planning applications for housing development pending the adoption of a policy for Cheshire East in the LDF Core Strategy.
It was noted that the SHMAA identified that, based on CLG modelling; there was a net shortfall of 1,243 affordable homes each year across the district for the five year period 2009/10 to 2013/14. Members agreed that this target was unrealistic however the proposal that 30% of new housing schemes should be affordable was important this figure should be maintained.
It was agreed that, following the consultation period, the Statement and comments be brought back to the Committee prior to being considered by Cabinet.
1. That subject to the comments highlighted above, Cabinet be recommended to approve the draft Interim Planning Statement on Affordable Housing for consultation purposes, and its agreement that it be treated as a material consideration in the determination of planning applications pending the adoption of the finalised document in such a format as may be appropriate following the consultation process.
2. That following the consultation period the statement and comments be brought back to the Committee for final consideration.