A few weeks back the local Tories trumpeted with great excitement that North West Leicestershire required fewer new homes than originally proposed under their failed Core Strategy. New county wide research shows that NWL only requires up to 7,000 new homes until 2028. The failed Core Strategy figures insisted that we needed around 9,500 new homes up to 2031.
Nick Clegg & David Cameron had demanded that NWL required a ‘5 year + 20% land supply'. NWL had failed to meet Whitehall land supply targets – and planning permissions were being granted every time a developer sneezed to keep up with the Coalition demands.
Since the ‘5 year land supply crisis’ NWL has now granted Planning Permissions for around 5,500 new homes throughout the District. Now this leaves only 1,500 new homes to be allocated sites throughout NWL up to 2028!
Local Tories are now trumpeting that the District new home land supply had now moved from ‘critical’ to ‘a significant comfort zone’.
The new housing supply figures will mean that the local Tory Grand Plans for overwhelming housing development in Hugglescote off Grange Road, Snibston, Money Hill Ashby and at Blackfordby will no longer be necessary.
I am now calling on the local Tories to come clean and tell the people of NWL what they intend to do to find places for 1,500 new homes (which equates to around 108 a year) up to 2028?
I am also asking will they now abandon their glee to overwhelm Hugglescote, Ellistown, Blackfordby and Ashby with homes that their own research shows are not needed.
Local Tories expected these massive developments to bring money along with them. They imposed a ‘roof tax’ on all new homes in the Coalville area to pay for much needed road improvements. With less new homes required – how will our road improvements be paid for?
Developer contributions don’t get paid until houses are built and occupied. Will the local Tories allow developers to ‘land bank’ their Planning Permissions for 5,500 new homes or revoke the permissions if work does not start soon?
We do need new homes in NWL – but not the expensive commuter cottages the Tories are allowing. We need new Council owned homes to keep up with the demand for social homes. We need more bungalows and smaller homes for our ageing population and affordable starter homes.
There is common agreement that the Whitwick Green Wedge must be protected – but the Tories are now turning a blind eye to over development in the Charnwood Forest.
The Tories should have learnt lessons with their failed Core Strategy by allowing Developers to build on every blade of grass in NWL. But will they come clean now? Somehow I doubt it.