the new structure plan for Gloucestershire. This leaves the way open
for Gloucestershire CC to adopt the plan, as they propose to do, on 17 November.
The Plan proposes 50,000 extra houses in the county during the period
The secretary of state considers that the council's proposals are
adequate to ensure that all households have access to a decent home.
He has noted the county council's commitment to working closely with
district councils to improve monitoring of housing provision in
He has also noted the figures released by the Office of National Statistics last December showing lower rates in population growth and by DETR on 19 October showing projected households to 2021, as factors which should be taken into account when managing the provision of housing in Gloucestershire.
The secretary of state attaches considerable importance to the need
to monitor the housing situation in Gloucestershire, in line with the
white paper 'Planning for the communities of the future'.
He has therefore written to Gloucestershire CC asking them to agree arrangements with the Government Office for the South West to monitor progress on housing provision, including the re-use of previously developed (brownfield) land, and the mix density and affordability of housing. He also expects the district councils to make rapid progress with their local plans.