Bid to improve control over houses growth

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A change in planning regulations means the Daventry district could see fewer planning applications for large housing developments.

A report presented to Daventry District Council’s (DDC) strategy group at a meeting on Thursday last week saw the authority adopt a different document when determining the availability of housing for land.

The Regional Spatial Strategies have now ceased to exist and this means that the district council has switched to the Joint Core Strategy.

The Government insists that all local authorities have a five-year land supply for housing and prior to the changes, DDC hadonly 2.7 years of land. They now have 6.8 years of land available.

Planning inspectors, when determining proposals for large numbers of housing, have used the lack of housing land supply as a reason for granting approval. This was recently seen when two separate housing developments were given approval off Station Road in Long Buckby for more than 200 homes due to the lack of housing in the district.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Chris Over said: “If we had not adopted this, there could have been a challenge from developers on the council’s policy. We would have been at risk of having inappropriate development. It was essential the council adopted this policy. We want to be able to manage the growth of this area and the community in a sensible manner. This growth is being driven by demand for housing.”