The FCLT Challenges the Housing Mix at Lady Dane 2

We are concerned that a situation is presented where it is apparent that RSL’s are evidently
dictating Swale’s affordable housing mix tenure policy. It is noted that no justification or
explanation of the RSL’s stance, as to why they cannot address the policy tenure mix, is
evidenced on the planning portal.

We believe that if Swale are compelled to compromise on the policy mix, officers should
endeavour to secure a commuted sum payment to enable the recovery of the full planning
gain entitlement from the site. This sum could be ringfenced for the delivery of much needed
social rented housing in Faversham. Community-Led housing or specialist Affordable Housing
promoters could then access and deploy these funds as equity to secure bank finance to fund
the development of the ‘lost’ social rented allocation. In this scenario, the leverage of this
equity has the potential to increase the social rented provision, over and above the Lady Dane
policy-compliant allocation to the benefit of those in greatest need.

Read our submission to Swale Planners

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