Harborough Council announces plans to scrap charges in bid to boost house building
Harborough District will scrap council charges on smaller housing developments in order to encourage growth, and provide essential new housing in the area.
Harborough District Council’s executive set a zero charge on developments of two properties or less, following a government statement that suggested that many residents and smaller developers have been put off from building due to mandatory financial contributions to the council.
Any residents or developers previously looking to build one or two new homes were required to pay up to £30,000 to the council, whereas now only developments of three or more homes will be required to deliver the affordable housing provision.
Commenting on the announcement, Cllr Phil King, the council’s planning portfolio holder said: “This is about removing barriers to development and will, I’m sure, have a positive impact on the housing market.”
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