HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
40,000 PEOPLE SIGN 38 DEGREES PETITION TO MAKE DEVELOPERS BE TRANSPARENT
 

Star date: 30th August 2017

SALFORD JOINS NATIONAL PETITION TO MAKE DEVELOPERS' 'VIABILITY' FIGURES PUBLIC

Almost 40,000 people have signed online 38 Degrees petitions all over the country for developers' 'viability assessments' to be made public. These 'viability' clauses mean councils roll over and allow developers to avoid paying planning fees and providing affordable housing...

The Salford Star estimates over 1,000 affordable properties and over £42million has been lost to our city via these viability get outs – and so we've launched a Salford petition to go with dozens already in existence nationally – please sign it!

Full details here...


Over the last few years the Salford Star has documented in great detail every single planning application passed by Salford City Council where developers have avoided paying planning fees and providing affordable houses.

When developers want to build, they have to make Section 106 payments to mitigate the impacts of their developments and provide a percentage of affordable housing.

But Salford Council has persistently allowed them to avoid these payments, either by its own planning policies based on the 'value' of areas or by rolling over while developers use 'viability assessments' to avoid coughing up.

The Government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) allows developers to make up to 20% profits as part of their costs, and they keep producing 'viability assessments' to show that their profits won't be big enough if they had to pay the planning fees.

There's now a huge industry full of consultants showing developers how to avoid the fees and the Salford Star estimates that over 1,000 affordable properties and over £42million has been lost to the city by developers using these means.

Up and down the country, dozens of petitions have been launched via 38 Degrees to 'Require developers to make their viability assessments public if they claim they cannot meet council targets of affordable housing in new developments'.

"Leaked documents from several developers have shown that the maths they use to work out their profit margins are purposefully misleading, allowing them to claim they will make less than 20% profit on a development by undervaluing the prices of the houses they will sell and over-costing the labour" the petition states.

"To combat this Islington, Greenwich, Lambeth and Bristol councils have introduced a policy that forces developers 'viability assessments' to be made public" it adds "By bringing these dodgy maths into the public domain, councils, campaigning groups and individuals will be able to hold developers to account and force them to use more honest maths."

While the petitions have been signed by almost 40,000 people nationally, Salford itself didn't have one – so we've launched one and urge everyone to sign...

Make Developers Be Transparent In Salford – sign the petition – click here

 
See these Salford Star articles to read how Salford Council cocked it all up:

http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=2770 

http://salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=3534 

http://www.salfordstar.com/article.asp?id=3574 


See also: Salford property 'gold rush' sees only two affordable properties out of 751 in new Ordsall planning applications - click here

   
Linny loo wrote
at 10:32:23 AM on Thursday, August 31, 2017
Well Alice you have more faith in Salford Council then I. Salford Council will do just what they please regardless of the views of the people, and there's no one to stop them.
 
Alice wrote
at 6:02:36 AM on Thursday, August 31, 2017
Salford Star has been documenting the developers avoidance of planning fees and 106 contribution for the last two years. It's investigatory journalism into this avoidance tactic has been detailed and thorough. It has pointed out how the loss of income and lack of affordable houses for Salford residents has been the result. For many Labour supporters this has seemed contradictory to traditional Labour policy, leaving many confused and angry. I include myself in that group. 38 Degrees, a national 'on line' campaign, has now taken up the criticism and objection. Surely the Salford Council will now recognise it has been wrong and will try to claim back some of the fees it is owing.
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Brexit Salford
stephensons ad 1
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION
This should be one to look out for, low turnout mixed bag of candidates who knows. I have to say it sparked my interest with Labou... [more]
article: ANGER AT SALFORD FLOOD REPORT DELAY BY GREATER MANCHESTER COMBINED AUTHORITY
Can I suggest an "adopt a councillor" policy for any future problems with flooding? Blocks of houses would adopt a coucillor who, ... [more]
article: ‘SALIX ARE TRYING TO KILL ME’ SAYS HOMELESS MAN AS HOUSING COMPANY IS SLAMMED BY SALFORD UCRC
I see this ending up with someone looking very silly, and it wont be Salix.... [more]
article: GREENPEACE SPOOF COCA COLA CHRISTMAS ADVERT DE-RAILS THE REAL THING
The problem with plastic bottles is bad in my local area (Heald Green, Stockport) and almost everywhere. They are either just thro... [more]
article: SALFORD RED DEVILS ‘DON’T DESERVE TO EXIST’ SAYS TORY COUNCILLOR
What we need is another rugby club. As rugby league starts to expand, with interest coming from outside its traditional main areas... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

PENDLETON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE GRAPHIC DESIGN EXHIBITION

Star date: 18th November 2017

EX STUDENTS, CURRENT STUDENTS AND POTENTIAL FUTURE STUDENTS INVITED TO SPECIAL SHOWCASE

Pendleton Graphic Design Alumni Exhibition
Tuesday 21st November from 5:30pm
Pendleton Sixth Form College

After a fire hit the Graphic Design Department at Pendleton Sixth Form College 18 months ago, the place has risen from ashes with new state-of-the-art facilities. And to celebrate, next Tuesday, successful former students will holding an exhibition; a "must-see show for any aspiring designers or anyone interested in creative arts and design" state the organisers.

Full details here...

REVEREND RACCOON CONVERTS THE KINGS ARMS SALFORD

Star date: 18th November 2017

SPIRITUAL SALVATION NOT GUARANTEED BY REVEREND RACCOON

The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon
Monday 20th November 7:30pm
The Kings Arms £5/£4

Loss, faith and spiritual quackery are explored in The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon, that plays out at The Kings Arms on Monday. It's a one man dark comedy that parodies the archetypal tv preacher, as Ian Leslie discovers.

Full details here...

FIVE CANDIDATES TO STAND IN SALFORD LANGWORTHY BY-ELECTION

Star date: 18th November 2017

TWO MAIN PARTIES PLUS GREENS, LIBDEMS AND INDEPENDENT STAND IN LANGWORTHY

Five candidates have put themselves forward to stand in the Langworthy by-election which takes place on Thursday 14th December. Joining the Conservative and Labour Party are the Greens, LibDems and Michael Felse standing as an Independent.

Full details here...

CORONATION STREET GORE FEST SLATED IN NEW POEM

Star date: 18th November 2017

HORRORNATION STREET CALLS ENA SHARPLES TO THE RESCUE

What would Tony Warren think of Coronation Street, 2017 style? Dave Bishop, who actually stood in a by-election on a manifesto of scrapping the Street and its depressing storylines, has written a short poem...

Full details here...

GREENPEACE SPOOF COCA COLA CHRISTMAS ADVERT DE-RAILS THE REAL THING

Star date: 17th November 2017

'DON'T LET COKE CHOKE OUR OCEANS'

Tonight, as Coca Cola releases its new slushy Christmas advert, Greenpeace has unveiled its own version, complete with big red truck and creepy Santa dumping loads of plastic cola bottles into the ocean.

"Coca Cola is the world's biggest soft drinks producer and the source of over a hundred billion disposable plastic bottles every year" states Greenpeace "This Christmas, we're asking Coke to show some goodwill to our oceans and shrink their enormous plastic footprint."

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx