Five Year Land Supply Regained

11 July 2018

Green Party councillors cautiously welcome better land supply figure, but are concerned it will last

The Green Party welcomes the fact that we finally have a five year housing land supply in Mid Suffolk as Green Party Councillors have been working hard to get this as a priority for many years. However this is of little comfort to many villages currently facing major developments.


Green Party Opposition leader Councillor Rachel Eburne said:

“While this is good news for the future it does not help the many communities who now have planning permissions for homes in all the wrong places. We have been pushing for action on this for over four years and while we’re pleased the stable door has been shut, too many horses have bolted over the last few years.”
“We will need to study the detail of the Annual Monitoring Report, as the much-improved figure seems to make more optimistic assumptions about how many homes can actually be delivered within the next 5 years. “

Councillor John Matthissen, a member of the planning committee since 2007, commented:

“The lack of a 5 year land supply was first exploited by developers during 2015, meaning we had to approve applications which did not conform to our local policies, so the stable door has been open for far more than a year.”

Councillor Andrew Stringer added:

“It appears that we have built enough houses in Mid Suffolk last year to achieve the number for the Five Year housing Land Supply, but we will have to achieve this next year and in subsequent years if we are not to be put in the same position again. This reprieve may indeed be short lived as in the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) the Government is trying to significantly increase the number of houses Mid Suffolk is expected to deliver.

This is why the council should invest in delivering housing in Mid Suffolk and not invest in speculative commercial development outside of Suffolk.”

 






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