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Developer Submits New Sutton Homes Plans to Avoid Paying £2m Fees

A UK developer recently stated that nearly £2 million in demanded contributions has prevented the construction of new homes in Sutton. Therefore, new plans have been submitted to avoid paying these high fees.

Gleeson Homes has already obtained outline planning permission to build 102 homes on a site adjacent to Alfreton Road. The consent was granted in 2014, but Ashfield District Council promptly rejected the plans. They were later granted on appeal but with strict conditions attached, including £1.9 million worth of financial contributions toward public improvements and local transport.

Now Gleeson Homes says that these financial requirements have changed the viability of the 2014 application and forced it to propose a further application.

The developer issued a public statement, saying that the outline planning permission had been granted with an accompanying burden of financial contributions. A viability assessment has confirmed that the development will not be built due to such contributions making it unviable.

The move has irritated Councillor Tom Hollis of Ashfields Ward. He insisted that it was unacceptable for Gleeson Homes to get planning permission and then suddenly refuse to pay the money.

Cllr Hollis said that he had opposed the last application, but will ensure that the developer comes through with the contributions.

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Gleeson Homes concentrates on affordable housing in low-income locations, which is said to be all that 90% of local couples employed full-time can afford.

The site is just over a mile from the centre of town and consists of two fields presently being used for agriculture. The preferred local plan created by the council earmarked the site for the proposed housing scheme.

The latest application includes plans for 77 three-bedroom homes, 35 two-bedroom properties, and six four-bedroom residences. There will be a blend of detached and semi-detached homes with private driveways.

The development could be accessed by Alfreton Road and would require house number 251 to be demolished to make room.

Gleeson Homes stated that it would still make a contribution of £278,289 toward local education requirements, which is approximately £38,000 more than the 2014 application demanded.


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