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Housing: Standards

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what target has been set for house building in (a) Stroud constituency and (b) Stroud district over the next planning period; and what the (i) process and (ii) anticipated timing is for finding sites for these houses in the event that the Hunts Grove development is (A) proceeded with and (B) not proceeded with. (201802)

There is no figure available for the Stroud constituency because the boundary is smaller than that of Stroud district.

The target for house building in Stroud District over the next planning period (1991-2011 as set out in the Gloucestershire County Structure Plan) is 9,400. The Draft Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the period 2006-2026 provides for a total of 6,700 with the RSS Panel Report recommendations increasing this to 9,100.

The process and anticipated timing for finding sites for these houses will be determined by the approved structure plan figures being replaced by the submitted draft RSS figures. The Secretary of State's proposed changes to the RSS are due to be published for public consultation in the summer of 2008 with adoption due before the end of 2008.

We expect housing provision to meet strategic requirements in accordance with PPS3 to be made by Stroud by provision of a site specific allocation of land development plan document (DPD) as part of the local development framework process. The DPD is programmed to be submitted for examination in March 2010 with adoption due in April 2011. A core strategy setting out the spatial strategy is also programmed for adoption in July 2010. These documents will take account of available land in the district including land at Hunts Grove and will need to reflect the then adopted RSS housing figures.