Calderdale and Dorset reduce housing target

Calderdale Reduces Housing Target

Calderdale Reduces Housing Target

Calderdale and Dorset councils have now both reduced their housing targets in the light of the Government consultation on the new way of calculating housing need. This comes hot on the heels of a similar announcement from Leeds City Council.

Despite the Government saying it was starting ‘formal intervention’ against Calderdale for not producing its Local Plan on time, the housing target has been reduced from 17,000 to 13,000. Calderdale Council has said it will be looking at further opportunities on brownfield sites and increasing densities of town centre developments. The full story can be found here.

Meanwhile, Dorset council is looking to reduce the number of homes it is planning for following the publication of the government’s consultation on a standard methodology for objectively assessed need (OAN). This story can be found here (paywall).

With at least three councils now reducing their housing target, surely it is time for Hart to follow suit. As we have reported before, Hart planned to build a ridiculous 10,185 houses in the draft Local Plan. This compares to the 8,022 in the SHMA. The new Government approach would result in 292 dwellings per annum, or 6,132 over the plan period from 2011-2032. This would be likely increased to around 6,500 once we take into account the need to build a few extra for Surrey Heath. The balance left to plan for could easily be accommodated on brownfield sites:

  • Sun Park (320), from Local Plan para 109
  • Grove Farm (423), sadly green field but given the go ahead by the inspector at appeal
  • The forthcoming Rawlings depot site in Hook (123)
  • The remaining 40 can come from any number of brownfield sites for instance:
    • Hartley Wintney (Nero Brewery – 10)
    • Winchfield (Winchfield Court extension – 17)
    • The derelict eyesores on Fleet Road – up to 200

It is time the CCH/Lib Dem coalition dropped their ridiculous new town ideology and worked to protect our valuable green fields. Sadly, there is no sign of them doing so.



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  1. This has to be in the best interests of the district. We need our councillors to do this for the people they represent. Anything else is self serving and questionable. Why would you not take the option to keep this district as open and undeveloped as is possible. Anne and Steve please make these people see sense before they destroy this whole district in one way or another.

    • We’re working towards it but currently they’re not moving.

      I’d urge everyone to directly write/email the cabinet members concerned telling them what you think about their lack of proper action on utilising lower housing numbers. (Do copy me in, if you’re in Fleet/Elvetham please!)

  2. Particularly with proposed 1500 at Hartland Park, another 700ish at Southwood Business Park plus Grove Farm and Pale Lane, we are looking at potentially 7k plus extra cars in the area, at the stations, junctions. It’s crazy, not to say scary!

  3. Well said. The Hart administration of LibDem and their CCH representatives are refusing to properly consider lowering the total number of houses to be built.

    The next month has some critical meetings on this planned; Conservatives locally are pushing for Hart’s numbers to be revised downwards in light of the government proposed changes, which we had previously pushed for. It would have been wrong to consider lowering them before, but now we believe it is reasonable – and advisable – to do so.

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