United front in opposing housing numbers
At full council this week, Central Bedfordshire Councillors unanimously backed a motion to challenge newly proposed housing targets for the area.
"Planning for the right homes in the right places" was published earlier this month by the national Department for Communities and Local Government. Described as an initiative to boost housing supply, the consultation document suggests housing numbers, predicated on a new method for calculating local authorities' housing need.
But, in proposing a motion to robustly challenge the proposals, Council Leader James Jamieson, suggested the new numbers were based on seriously flawed calculations.
"As a Council, we're committed to sustainable growth, so that future homes will be built alongside the services, jobs, schools, road and rail infrastructure that our communities need” said Councillor Jamieson. “These proposals undermine our ability to deliver this for residents."
“Given our commitment to sensible and realistic planning it is deeply frustrating that officials from a Government Department have issued housing projections that are frankly ill informed, unreasonable and undeliverable. I am pleased that my colleagues from all political groups at the Council have given me a clear mandate to challenge these flawed targets.”