Leader pushes Government for clarity on housing targets

Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift has written to Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pressing the Government to publish revised proposals for how local councils should calculate the need for future housing.

Cllr Swift said:

“Calderdale’s draft local plan is based on expert officer advice about how the current Government guidelines should be interpreted. As things now stand, this would require the Council to identify enough land to develop 17,000 new homes over the next fifteen years, which is a huge target for our area.

“The Government has acknowledged that there are problems with the current guidance. The Housing White Paper published in February 2017 said that they would consult on simplified rules, and in July the Secretary of State told the Local Government Association conference that new rules would be put forward before the end of July. But sadly this did not happen.

“It’s obviously important that our local plan is based on the best possible information about Government plans. So I have written to Mr Javid urging him to act quickly and publish the Department’s new proposals. I will also be asking local Members of Parliament Holly Lynch and Craig Whittaker to help us by pressing Mr Javid to act.”

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