Our parish council has been approached by a developer who has identified a site wanting to enter discussions about building houses outside adjacent to the settlement development limits(village boundary) with a carrot of some affordable housing possible. As the community ‘says’ it wants more affordable housing how should the community handle this approach.
Depends whether the parish council has a Neighbourhood Plan, whether the same developer is or has been subject to any S106 Agreements in the same area, or whether the planning authority has a CIL regime etc. I’m no planning expert, but a conversation with the principal authority would seem a good start, as would a chat to residents near to the area where the developer wants to build the affordable homes – or better still the parish council if the intended development is within the purvue of other neighbouring parish boundaries. Hope this helps.
No Neighbourhood Plan, developer no S106 in area, no CIL, no other parish involved. It is the Parish Council who the developer has approached. Principal authority won’t get involved at this early stage. From recent survey the Parish inhabitants would prefer any housing development to be within the village boundary but little land available. Any new housing would thus need to go outside the village boundary but survey indicates only affordable housing needed. So how would the Parish go about getting it’s desired affordable homes probably outside the village boundary without having open market development homes of the wrong type.