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Friday, 2 January 2015
The national planning policy framework (NPPF) which started two years ago, and introduced a “presumption in favour of sustainable development” has caused a slump in the number of affordable homes being built, according to the Guardian. It estimates that in 2018 there will be a million fewer affordable homes than in 1980. House-builders, claiming commercial confidentiality which they have lobbied fiercely to protect, obscure the financial modelling used to determine whether a scheme is viable and affordable housing numbers can get obscured as a result. The Guardian says that “hiding behind commercial confidentiality to keep viability assessments secret is a public betrayal”, and that the only solution is to make the assessments public.