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Labour aims to double number of affordable homes in new Croydon developments

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LABOUR'S policy to double the number of affordable homes in new developments is to be applied across the borough.

The council's cabinet will be asked tonight (Monday) to agree to a report which will form the basis of proposals to increase the present requirement - for 15 per cent affordable homes in developments - to 30 per cent.

Labour is already working with potential town centre developers to up the total, but approval of the Croydon Monitoring Report will result in the 30 per cent policy also being applied on sites of ten or more units, which are outside central Croydon.

The report presented to the cabinet says "there is need to ensure a fair distribution of affordable housing across all parts of the borough, to enable the delivery of mixed and balanced communities."

Building work has begun on more than 800 affordable homes in Croydon, one of the highest rates in London.

They will house more than 2,000 people when they are completed in the next 18 months.

Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes and regeneration, said: "It was a key pledge in our manifesto to increase the proportion of affordable housing in residential developments to a minimum of 30 per cent."


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