The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee is to consider an internal council report this week which says that 368 new “affordable” homes are needed in Penarth .
The report also says there is a “considerable current need” for more affordable homes in neighbouring Dinas Powys and that a Local Housing Assessment carried out last year that 559 new affordable homes are “required each year”.
In Penarth the council claims that the affordable units which are required comprise :-
- 204 – One-bedroom homes
- 117 – Two bedroom homes
- 34 – Three-bedroom homes
- 13 – Four-bedroom homes
The current guidelines already specify that 40% of homes on all new developments should be “affordable” .
“Affordable” is now defined as meaning either social-rented housing (rented to the occupier by housing associations) or “low-cost” housing (sold to the occupier). What are termed “low cost market” houses are bought through “Home-Buy” equity-share schemes or, at “discounted” prices in which the developers take a hit on the price. “Affordable homes” may be ‘affordable’ for the tenant or buyer, but they are less-so for the developers because they now have to be constructed to ‘Welsh Housing Quality Standards’ – thus making them more expensive to build than ordinary retail housing.
The Vale planning committee is considering an application to build 50 new homes obn land at near Cardiff Road/Cross Common Road, Dinas Powys.l