Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) have announced that they are to come up with a new housing target for the area’s local plan, ignoring the “unacceptably high” targets set for them by the government.
This decision comes after a recent statement from the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, which stated that previous figures that were mandatory were now merely advisory.
Now, TRDC are set to put forward a new lower housing target they say will be designed to protect the area’s character.
Deputy Leader of the council and the man who proposed the new course of action, councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, said: “The council has been clear that government’s method of calculating the housing numbers resulted in an unacceptably high number for Three Rivers which we have objected to.
We were committed to getting this reduced and agreed in October to produce, alongside the plan required by the government, our own figure on what was right for Three Rivers.
“Now given recent statements from the government and subject to what is in the consultation, we will only put forward our own vision for Three Rivers.”
The proposal will not go forward without a consultation of Three Rivers residents, which is expected to take place sometime later this year.