New plan ‘by De­cem­ber’

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GUILD­FORD and Elm­bridge bor­ough coun­cils would both see large in­creases in the amount of homes they would need to build each year un­der the new pro­pos­als.

Al­though as Coun­cil­lor Paul Spooner, the leader of Guild­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, points out, if au­thor­i­ties sub­mit their lo­cal plans be­fore March 31 2018 the cur­rent as­sess­ment would ap­ply.

He said: “How­ever, any fu­ture re­view of our lo­cal plan would then have to use the new method­ol­ogy for cal­cu­lat­ing hous­ing need.

“To en­able peo­ple to thrive, wher­ever they live or work in our bor­ough, we must sub­mit our new lo­cal plan as soon as pos­si­ble.

“We aim to do this in De­cem­ber this year, fol­low­ing our lat­est pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion about up­dates to the plan.”

Elm­bridge Bor­ough Coun­cil de­layed its lo­cal plan process while it awaited in­for­ma­tion on the pro­posed new hous­ing needs for­mula.

A spokesman said: “At the mo­ment we are as­sess­ing the gov­ern­ment’s con­sul­ta­tion pro­pos­als, the method­ol­ogy and the im­pli­ca­tions for Elm­bridge.

“We will up­date our res­i­dents on the next steps for the lo­cal plan as soon as we can.”

Cllr Paul Spooner

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