LOCAL NEED MUST SETTLE HOUSING NUMBERS ISSUE SAYS MP
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LOCAL NEED MUST SETTLE HOUSING NUMBERS ISSUE SAYS MP

Tthe Inspector appointed to adjudicate on the South Worcestershire Development Plan had rejected the council’s assessment of the number of houses need to be built over the plan period.
Commenting, Peter Luff, MP for Mid Worcestershire said,

“I am encouraged that the plan process is continuing, Many councils have seen their plans rejected at this stage which means going back to the drawing board entirely and a very long delay.

“However, I am very disturbed by the apparent suggestion that should significantly increase the planned number of houses.

“This means there will still be a delay during which, with no over-arching plan in place, developers will continue to have more power than local communities to determine where houses go. And it then seems set to mean an increase in housing numbers in the final plan too, with all that means for towns and villages in South Worcestershire.

“The Inspector has said some of the assumptions in the plan are wrong. For example, he anticipates higher economic growth rates than the three councils assumed. It is for the local councils to re-examine their forecasts and either to agree that he is right, or to rebut his claims. What is crucial is that the houses we build locally must be genuinely needed to meet local requirements.

“What would be totally unacceptable is for the Inspector to seek to impose a number he has simply conjured from the air to meet some arbitrary national aspiration. The government abolished the detested Regional Spatial Strategies and promised an end to top-down planning. This promise is now being tested in Wychavon, Malvern Hills and Worcester City.”

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