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Three Rivers Local Plan Update

March 3, 2020 8:48 PM

Government tells Three Rivers to build more houses

The Conservative Government has told Three Rivers District Council that they have to build 620 new homes across the district every year until 2033. This adds up to around 9,000 homes during the plan period.

Cllr Sara BedfordDuring the last three years, an average of 41% per year, of the Government target, has been built. Unfortunately, this means the Council has been placed "on the naughty step" and is subject to 'presumption'. This means that the council May be unable to reject some plans that do not fit with its own Local Plan, but accord with the Government's policies.

The Council has to find new land. The preference is for brownfield land, but there is very little in the District which is unused. Any employment land used would have to be replaced.

The council is looking at finding land for a 'Garden Village' but must consider 'edge of settlement land first, even if currently in the Green Belt. Any new settlement would be around 5,000 homes, with associated schools, GP surgeries and other infrastructure.

The council has not yet finally selected sites to be included or rejected in the Local Plan and the sites will be kept confidential until the Plan is published due to commercial confidentiality.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Sara Bedford said: "There will be no change to the status of local Neighbourhood Plans, which will remain subservient to the new Local Plan and the Government's NPPF - the National Planning Policy Framework".