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Rutland self builders challenge council on Section 106 charges

 
 
10 August 2012
 
Like a growing number of councils throughout the UK, Rutland County Council has recently adopted a policy applying S106 Developer Contributions towards affordable housing to all single self-build homes and large extensions. In most council area these charges have until now, traditionally only been applied where a property developer is building five or more homes.
 
Nick Grindley (pictured), a small business owner in Uppingham,Leicestershire, applied for planning permission to build a 187 sq. m townhouse in May this year and was asked to pay £50,000 in affordable housing contributions. 
 

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#4 David Ramsay 2012-08-20 23:27
I have been doing some background research on this and point you toward the Conservative Policy 14 - Open Source Planning - http://www.conservatives.com/~/media/Files/Green%20Papers/planning-green-paper.ashx

I quote from the document - "Affordable housing units will be exempt from paying the tariff, as will all development by Local Housing Trusts and all self-build housing" - this is on Page 13
 
 
#3 Lucy Denyer 2012-08-20 11:36
Hi all - I'm a Sunday Times journalist and we want to run a story on this, so if you have also been stymied by incredibly high Section 106 charges then please do email me asap with your experiences on lucy.denyer@sunday-times.co.uk. Thanks so much. Lucy.
 
 
#2 Valerie Bearne 2012-08-13 10:08
If the Housing Minister would kindly define 'developers' as those who make a living from developing, then the S106 would not be able to be applied to self builders building a single home to live in.
 
 
#1 David Ramsay 2012-08-12 17:25
Chris Jones: what a load of c..p, "greater demand", the payment of council tax covers all of the services mentioned excepting NHS emergency services.

It is no more than stealing, the charge (if any is appropriate) should be based on the number and ages of people intending to permanently occupy the property.
 

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