Local plan housing target may rise by 25%

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From Mole Valley press release today:

Mole Valley District Council’s new draft Local Plan sought to, amongst other matters, increase the number of houses provided each year to bring it in line with the government’s requirements. At the draft plan’s inception, this already meant more than doubling the original annual target of 188 houses, to 453 houses.

Having carried out an extensive seven-week consultation at the beginning of the year – based around the 453 homes figure – the government has proposed revising the method of calculating housing need. If agreed, the requirements imposed on Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) would see the housing need increase to 563 per year. The total number of homes the new Local Plan would have to accommodate would increase by 1,870, to a revised total of 9,571 over the plan period 2020-2037…

Councillor Margaret Cooksey, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “It is of course frustrating that, having consulted on a draft Plan earlier in the year, it appears the goal posts are being moved…

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