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District could be left with city homes burden

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

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MORE houses could be built in South Derbyshire as planning chiefs in Derby struggle to find suitable space within the city’s boundaries.

It comes after council bosses previously revealed that up to 6,000 more houses than planned needed to be built in the district over the next 14 years.

Now, following a housing target drop-in consultation, South Derbyshire’s target could increase from 14,000 for the district alone, to 40,000 as a total HMA (Housing Market Area) target – which includes Amber Valley and Derby City.

South Derbyshire has now agreed to provide 2,551 homes of Derby City’s need and will now decide whether to take on more when members of South Derbyshire District Council’s environmental and development services committee meets this week for an update on its Local Plan.

A report to the committee said: “The housing target was set alongside Derby City and Amber Valley Borough Council as members of the Derby HMA. Due to the inability of Derby City to meet its own housing requirements within its boundary, both South Derbyshire and Amber Valley have taken a share of the growth that the city is unable to accommodate.”

Now further testing has called for an increased target across the three authorities of 1,474; therefore a total of 33,388 from 2011 to 2028 should be the new Derby HMA housing requirement.

The implication for South Derbyshire is that an agreement must be reached as to how this additional housing requirement is to be met.

The report added: “South Derbyshire is meeting its objectively assessed housing need and as it currently stands has agreed to provide 2,551 homes of Derby City’s need. Consideration needs to be given as to whether a higher requirement in terms of Derby City’s needs can be met by South Derbyshire along with Amber Valley.

The committee will discuss three options which include not taking any further housing growth, which mean the council has not fulfilled its Duty to Cooperate agreement with the two authorities the plan could be found unsound and the Local Plan process would then have to be re-started.

A second option is to take a (currently undefined) proportion of the increased housing target but defer the selection of those sites to Part 2 of the Local Plan. However, it is likely that this would lead to a notable increase in smaller sites.

The final option is that South Derbyshire takes a (currently undefined) proportion of the increase and prefers a further strategic site or sites. This would require further rounds of consultation of the Local Plan and therefore delay the submission of the Local Plan to the Secretary of State.

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