Council progress on new homes target

A pleased Harborough District Council says it has made “significant strides” in meeting the Government’s tough housing target.

The Government wants all local authorities to have a ‘five year plan’ for housing supply, or risk the decision-making on future homes plans being taken out of their hands.

An independent assessor has ruled that the district, which includes Market Harborough, Lutterworth and Broughton Astley, needs to build 475 houses every year.

In fact, 496 homes were completed in the Harborough district in the last 12 months.

Councillor Phil King, portfolio holder for planning on the council, said: “It is really good to see that building rates have shot up.

“Whilst I am pleased that the council is moving in the right direction with housing supply, this council will need to continue to take difficult decisions on applications for housing development.”

Cllr King denied that the tough targets meant the council had to adopt a “yes to every plan” attitude.

“You can’t think along those lines” he said. “You still have to make all the right evaluations for every proposal.”