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.