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Government have gone barking mad over new homes total – Foster
Commenting on the release of the Regional Spatial Strategy for the South West of England, Bath MP Don Foster has said that the Government has gone “barking mad” in their demands for new homes in Bath & North East Somerset.
Don said, “It was the view of Bath and North East Somerset Council that only 15,000 new homes should be built, but now the Government has called for over 21,000! We had agreed to what was already a very difficult challenge in terms of building 6,000 new homes within Bath, and an extra 1,500 as part of an urban extension to the South West, but now the Government have increased that figure too.
“House-building has almost ground to a halt in light of the global economic downturn, and this project looks beyond deliverability in the 15 years it has to come to fruition. The Government is simply barking mad.
“Across the district, 66% of the authority area is either an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Green Belt land and the Government themselves have admitted building to the South will be limited due to inadequate transport links.
“The total is even more bizarre considering we can’t include new student builds. We have two large and expanding universities who are planning to expand accommodation on their own sites. This will free up affordable housing within the city, but yet this can’t count towards our target.”