Too few homes planned for south west region
The body charged with drawing up the planning blueprint for the south west of England has been warned that it has seriously underestimated the number of new homes that need to be built.
The claim has been made in a joint response to the South West Regional Assembly's regional spatial strategy by the National Housing Federation and the Chartered Institute of Housing.
The assembly's draft planning paper set an annual house building figure of 23,000 new homes up to 2026. The CIH and the federation said the number should be 30,000.
‘Underplanning for new housing to support job growth could have negative consequences for the region's ability to perform to its capability economically, undermining the regional economic strategy,' the response said.
The CIH and the federation claimed that the regional assembly had ‘little or no evidence' to support its house building figures. The government's household projections suggested 536,000 new households will form in the south west between 2006 and 2026, an average of nearly 27,000 households a year, they said.