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STATEMENT OF THE REASONS FOR THE DECISION:
This report set out a proposed procedure for the waiver of Designated Protected Area restrictions on shared ownership properties, and sought delegated authority for the Head of Regeneration (in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration) to either apply to Homes England for a waiver, or to agree a local authority waiver, in specified circumstances and at the request of a registered provider of social housing or developer.
In addition, and following a request from Keepmoat Homes, the report sought approval for the removal of the shared ownership protection restriction for the current development at Land at Ashbourne Road, Cheadle (Thorley Drive).
ANY ALTERNATIVES CONSIDERED:
Option 1: Recommended. This option was to support the approval of delegated authority to the Head of Regeneration in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration to enable the Council to issue waivers and submit DPA waivers to Homes England.
Where shared ownership retention was a less significant issue due to the nature of the development site, the removal of the condition helped the registered provider deliver the affordable units by removing the DPA restrictions therefore enabling prospective purchasers access to a wider range of mortgages and mortgage providers.
The Head of Regeneration, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, would consider an application against three key tests. These were shown in appendix 1.
Option 2: Not Recommended. This option was to note, but decline to give delegated approval to The Head of Regeneration and the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, the ability to support registered providers’ requests for DPA waivers. This option would fail to provide a speedy response to a registered provider’s request which could result in a bid for funding or a bid to a prospective developer not being submitted. This could ultimately impact on the registered provider’s ability to deliver the affordable units.
1) Delegated authority to the Head of Regeneration, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, to approve requests to waiver Designated Protected Areas (DPA) restrictions, in those circumstances set out in Appendix 1.
2) Approval of the DPA waiver request on behalf of Aspire Housing for the shared ownership units at Thorley Drive, Cheadle, as set out in Appendix 2.
3) The submission of an application to Homes England to remove the DPA restrictions on any grant funded shared ownership units at Thorley Drive be authorised.
A RECORD OF ANY CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARED:
A NOTE OF ANY DISPENSATION, IF GRANTED: