Letter of the week: More affordable housing needed in South Tyneside

The council has just announced the sale of Farding Square, in Marsden, to Gentoo for an undisclosed sum.

Friday, 8th March 2019, 5:39 pm
Updated Friday, 8th March 2019, 5:48 pm
Farding Square, in Marsden, where 62 new homes are planned.

After reading the Gazette article (February 8), I have the following points to make.

It is a regeneration brown field site so should have at least 25% affordable social housing.

Just like Cleadon Vale development did in 2006.

It was sealed bids so Gentoo must have bid to a tender document prepared by council planners,

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Once the bids were opened, Gentoo was highest bidder.

Last week's Letter of the week: Thanks to volunteers, customers and friends of South Shields hospice shop Then, Gentoo declares it cannot make a profit unless it only builds six affordable homes out of 62, less than 10%

The council is going along with this because Gentoo is paying £75,000 as compensation to it. How was that figure arrived at?

But surely Gentoo knew about the affordable homes threshold before they bid?

Colin Campbell