Battles between Prince's Foundation and developers over Sherford masterplan

Shelter’s New Civic Housebuilding report talked highly of the work by the Duchy of Cornwall in planning new towns such as Poundbury and Nansledan, with one of our recommendations involving much stricter masterplanning and greater consultation with local communities.

Today, The Times reports that The Prince’s Foundation and Red Tree’s work over several years to consult local communities on the building of another new town, Sherford, is being contested by housebuilders who (according to Lord Taylor of Goss Moor) “knew what they were signing up to” but now want to alter the masterplan.

We aren’t pleased to see this happening – but we are happy it’s making the news. At Shelter, we know that developers often do use the planning system to drive down affordable housing or community contributions using arguments around viability. As this article and our report argues – we shouldn’t be surprised that NIMBYs exist when developments so often end up being unaffordable, unattractive and low quality. We are happy to celebrate the excellent work of the Prince’s Foundation towards building more homes with local support.

It’s cases such as this which really highlight the need to strengthen local authorities’ powers for enforcing transparent viability assessments and to stop developer’s reneging on their promises to local communities.

Read the full article here (£)

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