Windfall Applications

The subject of windfall applications has become increasingly contentious over the last three or so years. Planning approval has been granted for the demolition of existing houses and other buildings and for the erection of well over 200 flats in Knowle alone. This is very much in accordance with Government policy which seeks to build new dwellings on already developed land or brownfield sites. We are told that the alternative is the wholesale destruction of the Green Belt. What we find offensive is that there appears to be little demand for the large number of expensive flats envisaged. What Government policy is not producing in Knowle is housing that can be afforded by first time buyers which is the market that the policy is aimed at.