OFFICIALS at South Derbyshire District Council have spoken out to reassure people that planning decisions will not be influenced by the fact the authority has not hit housing supply targets.
Government rules dictate that planning authorities must be able to demonstrate that enough houses have been approved to meet demand over the next five years - South Derbyshire has just over two and a half.
However, a spokesman for the authority has said this will not lead to the frenzied approval of large developments, which may be unsuitable, which could be a concern.
He said: “Ensuring development is properly planned and well managed is essential in building safe, vibrant and sustainable communities.
“Any planning application received by the council is judged on its own merits after considering representations from all parties concerned.
“Decisions are made in accordance with local policies, guidance and advice from central Government and any other material considerations.”
Concerns had been sparked after a developer hoping to build 100 homes on land off Newton Road, in Newton Solney, suggested this was a prime time to submit an application as the council fell well short of its requirements.
Earlier this year, three controversial developments in East Staffordshire were given the go-ahead after they had initially been refused, as the borough council said the 1,700 homes were needed to boost the council’s supply and ensure it could meet its targets.