UNNECESSARILY HIGH HOUSING TARGETS
Councils across south Essex are making policy decisions that produce housing targets that are unnecessarily high. For example:-
Basildon proposed a new homes target of 16,000 when natural growth would suggest just 8,900 homes are required;
- Rochford’s target of around 3000 new homes is twice the natural growth needed;
- Castle Point is proposing 4-5000 new homes when recent estimates show negative growth.
- Other areas show similar disparities. There can be sound reasons for increasing housing targets beyond that required for ‘Natural Growth’, but the contrasts noted here are staggering.