Council focuses on land supply following inspector's local plan ruling

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 11 Nov 2015

Council officesPlanners in Hampshire are gearing up to boost the area's housing land supply, after an inspector ruled that they must increase housing targets. 

Eastleigh Borough Council planning policy and implementation manager Toby Ayling told Planning: “There is a strong focus on housing and employment in the borough.

“Our main task is bringing forward a new local plan and we don't yet have a five-year supply of land. Early this year an inspector found the plan unsound because more housing was needed.”

Ayling said the authority was busy looking at sites for housing and development but seeking to protect the borough’s conservation heritage.

The council is looking to recruit a senior planning policy officer to focus on issues surrounding housing and employment needs. 

“The new postholder will carry out analysis of objectively assessed needs and aspirations for growth,” he said.

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