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Council ‘misjudged the need for housing’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

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UP to 6,000 more houses than planned need to be built in South Derbyshire over the next 14 years, it is claimed.

South Derbyshire District Council has been warned it must re-assess its housing strategy, with some housing developers insisting upon the need for a 50 per cent increase.

Council bosses have been told that its planned supply of new housing – which has already been increased by more than 700 – will not be enough to meet the needs in the district, and that it in fact must build nearly 20,000 homes.

Currently, 13,454 houses will be built in South Derbyshire from 2008 to 2028 – scaled up from the original 12,700 target.

Excluding those already built and unimplemented planning permissions, new sites need to be found for around 5,000 homes.

A district council report said: “Whilst there was support for the increase in the housing numbers for South Derbyshire from 12,700 to 13,454, there were still responses received from developers and agents suggesting the increase was still insufficient to address the housing need.

“The housing levels identified as being required ranged from 14,000 to 19,648 for South Derbyshire to meet its need.

“In particular developers noted the suggested housing target for South Derbyshire is still below that suggested by the 2008 national based household projections and they also queried the migration and household formation calculations made in the HRS (housing requirements study).”

A council spokesman said: “Although developers and agents are suggesting that the overall number of homes to be built should increase, it is for the planning inspector to decide the outcome in the public examination of the South Derbyshire Local Plan.”

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