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Housing Targets and the Local Plan

posted 23 Mar 2019, 01:05 by Chorleywood Residents' Association

You may have recently read in the local press about the controversy over the government's approach to housing targets which has a significant effect on the number of houses required to be built. Earlier this decade, the government commissioned the Office of National Statistics to develop a new standard methodology to calculate current housing targets for each council in the country. This new methodology was adopted by the government in 2016 using 2014 population and housing data as a base. For Three Rivers, this resulted in the target increasing to be 615 new dwellings required each year.

In 2018, the housing targets were recalculated using the most recent (2016) data which resulted in an overall reduction in the housing target. For Three Rivers, the revised target was calculated to be 496 new dwellings required each year, a 20% reduction. 

The government is now proposing to keep the higher target in place, more detail on this can be found here.

A petition has now been raised to have this change debated in parliament. As a residents' association, we support proper debate and consideration of the proposals, particularly as it significantly changes the housing target for the district. If you wish to support this, please find below a link to the petition.

If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures across the country, the petition will have to be considered for debate in parliament.