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COUNCILS 'FAILING TO USE GUIDELINES TO OBTAIN SOCIAL HOUSING'

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Shelter and housing associations say local authorities are failing to use planning guidelines to obtain social hous...
Shelter and housing associations say local authorities are failing to use planning guidelines to obtain social housing, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.

Planning guidelines encourage mixed housing, with developers providing some affordable rented housing within a private development. But Shelter says developers are buying their way out of this, as councils allow them to pay money rather than build the social housing.

Housing minister Nick Raynsford told the Today programme that buying out should only be for exceptional circumstances and that the secretary of state has called in plans where the development does not allow for social housing.

Mr Raynsford said: 'We do have pretty tough policies in place, which are there to deliver exactly what we want, which is more mixed communities and more opportunity for people to get affordable housing in all areas of the country'.
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