Date Published: 

Fri, 02/08/2019

Councillors are being asked to approve £275,000 funding to support the development of nine low carbon houses, including two shared-ownership properties, as exemplars of eco-friendly affordable housing.

Bath & North East Somerset Council’s housing development company Aequus Construction Ltd (ACL) wants to develop the generous family-size homes which would have high levels of energy efficiency, on land in Sladebrook Road.

The cabinet member for Housing, Planning & Economic Development, Councillor Tim Ball and the cabinet member for Resources, Councillor Richard Samuel are being asked to approve £140,000 to ACL to support the provision of a shared-ownership affordable family home within the development which is beyond current planning policy requirements.

They are also being asked to approve £128,000 to support the provision of very low carbon, sustainable family homes as an exemplar site for climate change emergency.

And they are being asked to approve £7,000 to provide for title restrictions in favour of the council against the future use of the properties for House of Multiple Occupation purposes.

A report to both councillors says ACL acquired the site with an existing planning permission for nine homes and at that level there is no planning policy requirement for affordable homes.

The report says while it is a high cost option for affordable housing provision it is recognised this provides two good quality family homes which are in high demand on a site where no affordable housing provision was required.

Councillor Tim Ball, cabinet member for Housing, Planning, and Economic Development, said: “As a council we are committed to addressing climate emergency and are actively looking at how we can make an impact in all the decisions we take. We have asked ACL to explore ways of making this development energy efficient and low carbon and I welcome this report and will consider the options outlined in it.

“In addition to asking for a development, which will provide affordable homes and reduce overall carbon emissions and we also want reassurance the homes will not in the future become houses of multiple occupation. We will carefully consider the option which would prevent this which is outlined in the report.”

The report says a deed of covenant would be required to the individual property titles to include a restriction in favour of the council.

For more details on the single member decision  on this issue see here please add the link  https://democracy.bathnes.gov.uk/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=29028&PlanId=685

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