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PANEL SLAUGHTERS GLOUCESTERSHIRE STRUCTURE PLAN

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Gloucestershire CC's proposed structure plan has been slated as 'housing obsessed' by an independent panel. ...
Gloucestershire CC's proposed structure plan has been slated as 'housing obsessed' by an independent panel.

County director Richard Cockroft admitted the criticisms by the Examination in Public team presented members with the prospect of making unpopular decisions.

The panel called for the plan to be 'comprehensively reconsidered', criticising its preoccupation with housing numbers.

Mr Cockroft said the panel's views were close to the draft plan originally developed by the council. That draft was substantially amended after public consultation before it went to Examination in Public.

'There is now a major bit of work to convince the public,' he said.

The county has been set a government target of 50,000 new homes by 2011. Despite its claim that Gloucestershire was preoccupied with housing numbers, the panel recommended this figure is increased to 55,000.

Worcestershire CC's 7,000 new homes target will not require a new settlement or the use of green belt land as plans show it can be met with the use of existing brownfield and greenfield sites.

Mr Cockroft said a recent downwards revision of the population forecast means the figure could be held at 50,000.

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