Councillor speaksout on planning deals
'˜Developers have been running rings around this authority and local communities have not benefited from S106 agreements'.
This was the verdict of Coun Georgina Hill, as councillors discussed a bid to remove an S106 agreement for a house at Hepple.
The recommendation was to lift the restriction which stated that the house had to be sold to a local person(s) at discount market value.
At the meeting, councillors agreed, but on the proviso that a new S106 be drawn up, stating that when the house is sold for the first time, a portion of the sale goes to the county council to build affordable housing in the Rock division.
Coun Hill, Independent member for Berwick East, added on Facebook: ‘Making the point that developers have run rings around Northumberland County Council, in the past, over these S106 agreements.
‘Remember the Berwick Tesco S106 agreement (£110K) for ‘bus shelter improvements’ and a ‘real time bus information system’!?