The council has just announced the sale of Farding Square, in Marsden, to Gentoo for an undisclosed sum.
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,
Once the bids were opened, Gentoo was highest bidder.
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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?