Rushcliffe Borough Council's housing strategy falls short forcing a green belt review
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30th July 2013
In October 2012, Rushcliffe Borough Council submitted part 1 of its Local Plan (the Rushcliffe Core Strategy), to the Secretary of State for Public Examination. The Inspector appointed to assess the soundness of the Core Strategy raised concerns on a number of issues, in particular the housing strategy and the approach to reviewing the Green Belt. An exploratory meeting was held in January 2013 in order to discuss her concerns, and a technical meeting was held in April 2013 to agree the scope of additional work required as a result of these concerns.
As a result, the borough council now needs to find space for 13,150 homes in Rushcliffe by 2026. The local authority did put forward plans to build 9,600 new homes in the borough, but this plan was rejected and Councillors have now been told to find space for a further 3,550 homes. Some of which could be built on the green belt as part of an on-going review.
Paul Randle, deputy chief executive at Rushcliffe Borough Council said: "Previously, the council produced a plan for 9,600 new homes by 2026 that had support from many residents and Councillors.
"Unfortunately, the planning inspector said it didn't include enough housing. She has stopped her review for seven months to give the borough council time to identify where an extra 3,550 new homes should be built.
"For many years the council has worked hard to try and limit the number of new homes which will be built in Rushcliffe, so we can protect as much of the Green Belt as possible.
"However, we now have to plan for this extra housing – otherwise the planning inspector will reject our plan.
"The council will vote on the amended plan at a meeting on October 31. If approved, it will be resubmitted to the planning inspector, so that she can carry on with the review."
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