New boarding houses not always affordable

AFFORDABLE housing laws are being used to push through boarding houses that don’t actually provide affordable housing, Newcastle councillor Sharon Claydon said yesterday.

The council heard last night from opponents and the applicant of a 15-room boarding house planned for a single residential block on Turton Road at Waratah.

‘‘[The affordable housing policy] is a very blunt instrument designed to provide affordable housing and what we’re seeing in many cases is that it’s not.’’

Cr Brad Luke said that was a ‘‘ridiculous’’ suggestion and that people who could afford to live elsewhere would not stay at a boarding house.

? Newcastle City Council received just one submission to its proposed budget and operational plan. It predicts an $8.4million deficit in 2012-13 if the requested rates increase is rejected.

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