No social housing allocated in plans

No social housing allocated in plans

By Gareth Dennison | 01/07/2021

No social housing allocated in plans


PLANS have been filed for an estate of 135 homes on greenfield land but the developers say including social housing would make it unviable.

Taylor Wimpey has applied to build the properties north of Kilnhurst Road at Rawmarsh, opposite Rawmarsh Sandhill Primary.

Most of the homes on the 4.25-hectare site will have three bedrooms and 278 parking spaces will be provided, the plans say.

But none of the properties will be affordable housing, with Taylor Wimpey’s planning documents saying: “The proposed accommodation schedule comprises of 135 open market dwellings. It is unviable for the applicant to provide affordable housing as part of the proposed scheme.

“The matter of viability will be discussed in comprehensive detail in a viability appraisal that will form part of the application package.”

A landscape buffer to Collier Brook and the Marsh Local Wildlife Site is a requirement for the site, which is allocated for housing.

The plans say: “The proposal efficiently uses the available space, whilst also ensuring that the development is visually attractive and provides comfortable living and amenity conditions for future residents and existing neighbouring properties.

“The design of the scheme has been informed by an analysis of the surrounding area and how the application site sits within the existing context to ensure that the proposed development is in keeping with and compliments the character of the local area.”

Rotherham Council’s affordable housing policy usually requires an allocation of 25 per cent of the properties in developments of 15 or more dwellings.

A viability appraisal had not been published with the plans as the Advertiser went to press.


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