The Tory government has changed the calculation for housing need, which has increased the Borough’s housing target by 40% (from 883 units per year to 1236). If the borough fails to meet this target it will lose the important “5 year housing supply”, leading to planning applications refused by the council being overturned at appeal by the Government.
To prevent such a calamity the Council has undertaken a "call for sites" and has received submissions for sites from across the borough. The next stage is for the council to review the sites put forward to determine how the new government target will be met.
Cllr Brian Clark said, "While we are under tremendous pressure from the government to deliver even higher housing numbers, only a small proportion of the sites submitted in the call for sites will be used for housing as the call for sites was hugely oversubscribed."
Joe Higson further said, "While we are under tremendous pressure from the government to deliver higher housing numbers, only some of the sites submitted in the call for sites will go forward for public consultation". He continued, "My colleagues and I will do our upmost to ensure only the most suitable sites are taken forward".