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Roof tax realities

Bob Astley and Colin Boon (letters last week) are almost correct: the Milton Keynes tariff equates to £18,500 per house on the 15,000 homes planned to 2016.
Developers' contributions are normally provided under Section 106 agreements on a site-by-site basis. Given the scale of the MK growth agenda (an increase in population of 100,000), S106 funding is too uncertain for planning, hence this innovative arrangement.

It should not affect the proportion of affordable housing, which is dealt with through the Council's Housing Needs Strategy. The tariff will
provide surety of funding for infrastructure works covering many more things than roads.

For example, it will enable upgrading the existing urban infrastructure, something rarely catered for by S106 money. Remember also that this is a local arrangement, not a "Government tax"on houses.

Even so, the £300M that will be raised by the tariff is but a proportion of the total £1.6bn estimated as being required in MK over the next 20 years.

DEREK BEAUMONT (M), Housing Service, Milton Keynes Council, Saxon Court, 502 Avebury Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 3HS

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