Demand affordable homes in the Queens Hotel Development
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It has emerged today that an important Queens Hotel development will be applying to the Portsmouth City Council planning development next week to sidestep their obligation to provide affordable housing. As we've seen in Portsmouth in the last few years, time and time again, developers are able to use often hidden viability assessments to claim their developments will not make sufficient profit in order for them to build affordable housing.
In October of 2017, Portsmouth City Council passed a motion in order to bring developers to account on their viability assessments, in a bid to stop them sidestepping their obligation to provide affordable housing. Next Wednesday's planning committee is the first chance for our councillors to stand up to the developers, say no, and seek what is best for our city. That is to have more affordable housing within Portsmouth, a city where we (and many other cities are facing a homelessness crisis).
This petition is to raise awareness ahead of next Wednesday's planning committee meeting. There will also be a rally outside the Civic Offices at 12.15pm. All are welcome to attend. It has already been noted that it will be recommended that Portsmouth City Council take a payment of just over £300k which would be put back into the council, so the developers do not have to build their affordable housing provision. The developers are set to make over £5m in profit.
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