West Norfolk Council ponders affordable home options

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West Norfolk Council chiefs could opt out of new government rules relating to the provision of affordable housing provisions.

The latest regulations, which came into force last month, say that affordable homes should only be built in developments of 11 or more properties.

But authorities in designated rural areas, like West Norfolk, can continue to seek financial contributions from developers of smaller sites with between five and 10 homes.

A report will go before the authority’s ruling cabinet on Tuesday, inviting them to recommend a single borough-wide threshold of 11 units, or allow a lower limit to stay in place, except in Lynn, Downham and Hunstanton, plus Dersingham, Heacham, South Wootton and Terrington St Clement.

Campaigners have warned the reforms could make it harder for first-time buyers to get on to the property ladder.

But ministers say the move will increase the available housing supply.