Developer pushes to slash affordable Butt Lane homes


Taylor Wimpey Butt Lane Homes

New Taylor Wimpey Mitchell Gardens offices on West Avenue.

Taylor Wimpey has applied to reduce its affordable housing contribution from 25% to just 16% on its Mitchell Gardens development in Butt Lane. The developer has claimed that it’s controversial development of over 170 homes would not be financially viable if the company had to build the recommended quota of affordable homes. Residents have been left reeling after discovering the new plans submitted by Taylor Wimpey to Newcastle Borough Councils Planning Department two weeks ago.

Cllr Kyle Robinson said: “Taylor Wimpey have made a mockery of the residents in this town. Recent figures suggested that Taylor Wimpey’s order books for new homes is up 12 per cent from the same time last year to £1.9bn. This will equate to millions in profit for the company. How dare this company move into our Town, take up our green space and then plead poverty to wriggle out of its obligations to the people. The real victims of this scandal are the young families trying to get on the property ladder, but have no way of putting down a deposit on the majority of these luxury homes. There is a local and national affordable housing crisis and yet again the Government is letting developers walk all over communities. I strongly believe this latest move is a form of social cleansing in the making. If local land is to be developed for housing then local people should be given the opportunity to buy these homes at affordable rates.  I have asked Newcastle Borough Council to implement an independent review of Taylor Wimpey’s claims that the development is not viable with 25% affordable properties included.”

Newly elected Butt Lane Councillor, Sylvia Dymond said: “There have been concerns for years that Taylor Wimpey would try and pull the wool over the eyes of local residents. We now see their true colours. The people of Butt Lane have been forced to sacrifice a huge amount of green space used by local people for many recreational activities. One of the criteria for approval of planning permission was that 25% of the development was affordable housing.  We have accepted that housing is needed in the Borough and around the country, but this whole saga is a slap in the face for those locals looking to buy an affordable home on Mitchell Gardens. I don’t know how much more of this we can take as a community.”

You can object to the Taylor Wimpey proposals by using the reference 15/00441/DOAHR and visiting: http://publicaccess.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/online-applications/

 

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Newcastle Borough Councillor and Kidsgrove Town Councillor for the Butt Lane Ward. Please visit my blog www.cllrkylerobinson.com Twitter @kyle_robinson22

Posted on June 5, 2015, in Butt Lane and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. kidsgrove surely is an investors dream. For commuting we have motorways and rail links to all the major cities nation wide and all on our doorstep. For leisure and relaxation what could beat the beauty of the rolling countryside stretching for miles into Cheshire and beyond and the lazy canals with their long boats and pretty country pubs…why has no one compiled a portfolio to advertise us and just what a great amount we have to offer ?… we could be just the place that a perspective investor is looking for. Never mind telling us how poor we are . how little employment there is and how the crime rate is rising and how the council is strapped for cash we already know all this we live it daily. instead be proactive get those portfolios printed. Send them far and wide ..get kidsgrove on the map …make us visable to all the nation

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