Call for a fresh look at number of houses needed
A LEEDS MP is calling for the city to scale back its housing plans after the Government changed the way it forecasts the demand for new homes.
Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew claimed the revised calculation proved Leeds City Council’s plans were based on figures that are too high.
The Government this week set out proposals for a new formula to calculate future housing need.
Under the proposed change, the number of new houses Yorkshire will need could fall from almost 21,000 a year to 16,000.
The figures are important because councils have to show in their local plans that they have earmarked enough land to be developed to meet housing needs.
Mr Andrew said the Government’s new calculation showed the previous figure of 3,660 for Leeds was too high.
He said: “For years I have joined other local campaigners to argue that Leeds City Council’s housing target is wrong and too high, which in turn is threatening our greenbelt.
“The new formula proposed by the government says that the indicative assessment of housing need is actually 2,649 dwellings per year.
“This bears out everything we have been saying for years.
“It’s now time for the Labour Leeds City Council to accept this point and seek to have the figures changed so that we can all fight to protect our vital green belt at the forthcoming public inquiry.”
Labour has criticised the Government’s proposed changes, arguing “tinkering with the technicalities of the planning system” will do little to tackle the country’s housing crisis.
Housing plans set out across Yorkshire have proved hugely controversial as residents complain about the potential impact on the green belt and green-field sites.
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