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To: Local Council

Make housing developers be transparent about costs in Sheffield

Make housing developers be transparent about costs in Sheffield

Require developers to make their viability assessments public if they claim they cannot meet council targets of affordable housing in new developments.

Why is this important?

Current planning law states that if a developer will make less than 20% profit on a new development, they can ignore a council's regulations about building affordable and social housing.

Leaked documents from several developers have shown that the maths they use to work out their profit margins are purposefully misleading, allowing them to claim they will make less than 20% profit on a development by undervaluing the prices of the houses they will sell and over-costing the labour.

To combat this Islington, Greenwich, Lambeth and Bristol councils have introduced a policy that forces developers "viability assessments" to be made public.

By bringing these dodgy maths into the public domain, Councils, campaigning groups and individuals will be able to hold developers to account and force them to use more honest maths.


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Reasons for signing

  • Fed up of council agreeing with what is detrimental for people with little resources, this has to stop, councillors stop increasing homelessness and represent your electorate
  • It is possible to stop this market exploitation. Sign this petition please. Remember it could be YOU or YOURS that have no chance of ever affording an artificially over-inflated home - and in THEIR own town!!
  • We don't need corporations to build. There only motive is profit.Let small builders and individuals and communities build what they need


2017-07-26 14:55:18 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-07-25 20:14:00 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-07-25 17:21:32 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-07-25 17:14:44 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-07-25 17:12:14 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-07-20 20:25:52 +0100

10 signatures reached