Councillors are being urged to back plans for a new affordable housing development in Armitage. The land off the A513 Armitage Road will be cleared for 71 new homes if the scheme gets the go-ahead. Sixty-two of the properties will be designated for affordable renting with the remaining nine set for the open rental market. But there have been concerns from Armitage with Handsacre Parish Council. A spokesperson said:  “The Parish Council has inspected the plans for the application and strongly object to the proposal. “The councillors are concerned that there are too many houses on the proposed development. “The allocation for affordable homes is exceeded upto 82%, whereas most allocations are with the 25% to 40% region.” But an officer’s report to a meeting of Lichfield District Council’s planning committee said the level of affordable properties should not be a reason to reject the scheme. “I note the concerns with respect to the amount of affordable homes on the site but the council’s housing strategy and enabling manager has no objection to this given the need for smaller rented homes in the district. “The applicant has also submitted a letter in support of the proposal and sets out, in detail, how they manage similar schemes. Tenancies are initially offered on a 12 month basis to ensure that tenants are able to manage successfully. If they fail to manage the property and keep it in good order or have anti-social behaviour problems, the tenants could be give notice to quit although this is rare. “After the initial 12 months, tenants are offered a 2 or 5 year fixed tenancy. “While mixed developments, rather than whole estates of affordable rented, are encouraged, I am satisfied, given the significant need for smaller affordable homes that the housing mix proposed is acceptable.” Full details of the application – which will be discussed at a planning committee meeting this evening (June 1) – can be seen on Lichfield District Council’s website.


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