Affordable homes ‘need to be part of build mix’

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HOUSING bosses will be attempting to merge affordable homes into surrounding houses in new developments under a fresh policy.

The new policy states ‘affordable homes should not be clustered in one particular location’ and schemes should ‘avoid the placement of any particular type of tenure in less desirable parts of the site’.

The policy was agreed at a meeting of Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet and will now go out to public consultation.

Councillor Terry Douris, cabinet member for housing and regeneration, told the meeting: “Sometimes you almost see a group of houses and they are recognisable because they look like affordable housing.

“With this policy they will be distributed and part of the wider community and there won’t be that possible tagging.”

The policy says there is a ‘backlog need’ for affordable homes in the borough and to clear ‘a proportion’ of it 477 need to be built each year over the next 10 years.