Leicester Mercury

900 homes built in district


MORE than 900 homes were built in a the district over 2019/20, a monitoring report has found.

Of these more than 200 were shared-ownership or affordable – housing which can be rented or bought at a lower rate than on the open market, Harborough district councillor­s were told.

The annual monitoring report said the council has exceeded the government-required five-year housing supply, while nearly 60 hectares of additional employment land was also developed.

Council leader Phil King said: “The adoption of the local plan in 2019 was a significan­t and welcome milestone.

“It continues to provide a robust framework giving us more control over developmen­t in the district, and helping deliver the jobs, infrastruc­ture and homes – many of them affordable – needed for a growing population.

“We understand developmen­t isn’t always popular, but growth is important for our economy and to meet the needs of our residents.

“As the population expands, people need places to live, work, and for recreation.”

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