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The Independent: "Builders use red-tape reforms to duck deals on affordable homes"

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"Developers are using a new law intended to cut bureaucracy and kick-start the economy to challenge their obligation to contribute to the building of affordable new homes, The Independent can disclose.

"Figures seen by The Independent show that the Planning Inspectorate is considering 10 appeals lodged by house builders which aim to cut or eliminate planning restrictions by claiming they would make schemes unviable.

"It comes amid a rebellion by some Tory-run local authorities against the policy of scrapping council-set quotas for affordable homes, and claims that the Coalition has tilted the process too heavily in the big developers’ favour.

"Of three appeals dealt with by the inspectorate to date, two have found in the developers’ favour. In the first, Redrow Homes, [the company benefiting from the Met Police strange determination to do a deal over Hendon's Peel Centre sports grounds] which recently reported a doubling of its group’s half yearly pre-tax profits to £47.5m, successfully challenged Torridge District Council in Devon over its stipulation that 60 out of 151 new homes it was planning there should be affordable."

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