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Dorset Under Threat From 'Unrealistic' Housing Target

Shaun Spiers CPRE

7:28am 28th November 2016

The Campaign To Protect Rural England say Dorset is under threat from a deluge of new housing.

The Campaign's Chief Executive has been speaking in Cerne Abbas about the Government's call for 73,000 new homes to be built in Dorset by 2033.

Shaun Spiers is calling on the Government to work with local communities to create realistic and deliverable housing targets.

He talked about the Government's forthcoming White Paper on housing and saw it as a golden opportunity to tackle England's complex housing crisis, Shaun Spiers said:

"There is a growing consensus both on the need for much more housing and on how to deliver it. The Government has a chance to get the whole nation behind a housebuilding programme that is based on sound planning principles, with a focus on affordability, brownfield land and sustainable housing densities."

"There have been positive statements by Ministers on the need to open up the housing market rather than relying on a few big house builders; on the need to get big developers building, rather than land banking; and on the need to fund planning departments adequately."
"So far, so good. But if the Housing White Paper is to have any credibility with countryside campaigners, it must address the main failing of the current system - undeliverable housing targets which lead to acrimonious planning conflicts without increasing the overall number of homes built."

"Villages and small towns across England are being besieged by multiple planning applications that pay no heed to sustainability or real need. All the evidence is that if you work with communities, they will get behind necessary development, but if you seek to impose it on them, they will fight it."

"We need realistic and deliverable housing targets that meet local need across the country. And then we need to get on with building the homes the country needs."

'The Dorset CPRE's View On Housing'

Dorset CPRE is involved with most of the local action groups opposing the housing plans and will be active itself in challenging the policies which lead to inappropriate central government housing targets and proposing ways to reduce them. CPRE strongly supports the need for more Affordable Housing for the next Generation. We need everyone's support to help protect the Dorset countryside from inappropriate development, and ensure that much-needed new homes are built in the right places.

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