BREAKING NEWS: Housing target in Horsham district increases again

The announcement was made at Parkside this afternoon. Photo by Steve Robards SUS-150317-151409001
The announcement was made at Parkside this afternoon. Photo by Steve Robards SUS-150317-151409001

Horsham district’s housing target will be increased for the fourth time in just two years.

Horsham District Council originally proposed 575 new homes a year but this was upped to 650 before examination hearings started in November last year to scrutinise its local plan.

The planning inspector then told HDC to increase this to 750 a year, and after resuming the hearings earlier this month, he has now set a target of 800 a year.

Speaking before the start of Horsham District Council’s Development Control South meeting today (July 21), Chris Lyons, director for planning, economic development and property, told councillors they had received a letter from the planning inspector increasing the housing requirement from 750 to 800 homes a year.

Looking at the initial letter his understanding was the inspector was giving them until 2021 to come up with a solution about where the extra housing would go.

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