Refusing planning applications could cost SDC millions in grant money

Stroud News and Journal: Labour district councillor for the Stanleys, Stephen Lydon, Green Party candidate for the Stanleys, Nicola Hillary and Conservative district councillor for the Stanleys, Nigel Studdert-Kennedy urging the planning committee to vote against the development Labour district councillor for the Stanleys, Stephen Lydon, Green Party candidate for the Stanleys, Nicola Hillary and Conservative district councillor for the Stanleys, Nigel Studdert-Kennedy urging the planning committee to vote against the development

REFUSING planning applications could cost Stroud District Council nearly £7,000 per home.

As part of the National Planning Policy Framework local councils can be awarded a New Homes Bonus by central government for increasing its housing supply.

The New Homes Bonus is awarded based on the amount of extra council tax revenue raised by each new home in the year and based on the banding of each property.

District councils receive 80 per cent of this amount whilst county councils receive the other 20 per cent.

The current band D rate is £1,444.13, so Stroud District Council is eligible to receive more than £1,150 every year for six years for each new home it approves.

However if Stroud District Council rejects an application which is subsequently overturned by the government, it would lose any potential bonus.

Currently there are three major applications for more than 100 homes in the Stroud district.

An application for 150 homes in Leonard Stanley was due to be decided at a meeting last night, Tuesday, and if the committee refused the application and it was then overturned on appeal SDC will have lost more than £1 million.

An appeal has recently been lodged against Stroud District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for 112 homes at Baxter’s Field off Summer Street in Stroud.

It will now be decided at a public inquiry which will commence on Tuesday, May 20 at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud and if overturned SDC will lose out on nearly £800,000.

SDC planning officers also refused an application in November for 100 homes on Rodborough Fields which if overturned on appeal could cost the council another £700,000.

From these applications alone SDC could lose out on £2,500,000, which has led to fears that the council’s planning department could be financially motivated when making decisions.

A spokesman for SDC said: “Whilst the bonus isn’t a consideration when determining planning applications missing out on the bonus would have a consequential impact on council finances.”

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4:44am Wed 12 Mar 14

Grains says...

Think of all that money lost just because SDC can't write a Local Plan...
Think of all that money lost just because SDC can't write a Local Plan... Grains
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6:31am Wed 12 Mar 14

jaytee8937 says...

Cant agree more. It can be a double whammy if they loose at appeal then costs can be awarded against them. The planning and legal departments must be running around like headless chooks courtesy of their councillors and the constant delays to the local plan which will not make it past day three of the public inquiry. They say it is the fault of Central Government - how handy to have a scapegoat- and profiteering developers who are playing by the rules. None of this debacle would have happened had they included West of Stonehouse. These speculative applications are because SDC has not got a proven 5 year supply. If they included it there would be no argument!!! You do the simple maths 1500 homes over a 20 year period and no fighting speculative applications and legal costs of appeals. But we don't need all these houses I hear the nimbies cry!!! Employment and housing go hand in hand, both very thin on the ground in SDC
Cant agree more. It can be a double whammy if they loose at appeal then costs can be awarded against them. The planning and legal departments must be running around like headless chooks courtesy of their councillors and the constant delays to the local plan which will not make it past day three of the public inquiry. They say it is the fault of Central Government - how handy to have a scapegoat- and profiteering developers who are playing by the rules. None of this debacle would have happened had they included West of Stonehouse. These speculative applications are because SDC has not got a proven 5 year supply. If they included it there would be no argument!!! You do the simple maths 1500 homes over a 20 year period and no fighting speculative applications and legal costs of appeals. But we don't need all these houses I hear the nimbies cry!!! Employment and housing go hand in hand, both very thin on the ground in SDC jaytee8937
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