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Vale catches up on new housing development
3:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A COUNCIL plagued by housing problems says it has “turned a corner” in housing supply.
For two years, the Vale of White Horse has had more applications from developers than the authority says it can take.
The district council is required by the Government always to be able to show five years’ worth of upcoming housing.
According to the National Planning Policy Framework, the Vale should build 578 homes every year from 2006 to 2029.
But for the past two years, the council has been slow to bring in new housing developments.
That means any housing developers turned down by the council can appeal against the decision on those grounds, and the Government may grant permission.
Now the Vale has granted enough planning applications and identified enough sites for 3,470 homes to be built – more than five years’ worth.
However, its yearly target has risen to 656 houses. This means it will have to show the Government where 3,941 homes will be built before it is meeting its target.
Vale council leader Matt Barber said: “This shows we have made significant progress, but unfortunately does not yet mean that our development policies take priority over the Government’s presumption in favour of residential development.”
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