The need to prioritise affordable housing

Gordon Marsden
Gordon Marsden
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A developer has resumed its bid to stave off having to pay millions of pounds 
towards affordable housing in Blackpool.

Kensington Developments is seeking to vary agreements that it must make a £9m contribution in total, due in phases, to affordable housing as a condition of its planning approval for 584 homes on Marton Moss, and a payment of £1.6m due as part of planning permission for 83 houses on land at Runnell Farm, off Midgeland Road.

A planning inquiry was adjourned in January, but restarted yesterday under a new planning inspector after the original inspector was taken ill.

Kensington says changing market conditions mean the payments should be 

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden is backing Blackpool Council which says the full payments should be made.

He said: “I am only too aware of the need to prioritise affordable housing in the town.

“Kensington Developments has already been granted two substantial concessions, modifying the agreement that was originally approved in 2009.

“I believe officers at Blackpool Council have bent over backwards to cater to the concerns of the developers.”

The inquiry is due to last for two days.