Extra 28,500 homes for Gloucestershire by 2032
DEVELOPERS will need to build an extra 28,500 homes across Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Gloucester over the next 20 years.
An independent review, put together as part of a Joint Core Strategy, has decided on the number they believe is needed across the three areas to meet the demand of a growing population.
The Joint Core Strategy, which will earmark land suitable for development, is currently being put together between Cheltenham Borough, Tewkesbury Borough and Gloucester City councils.
After months of sifting through public feedback and reports by consultants, the three authorities are now being asked to approve the figures. Council chiefs hope it will pave the way to finalising a document by August 2014.
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Councillor Steve Jordan, leader of Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "We will get a better solution to dealing with development by having the three councils work together than if we did it separately."
At one point, the three authorities feared the number of houses could be as high as 40,500 but after the way the figures were calculated was updated last year, the figure has dropped dramatically.
The politicians aim to have a draft plan in place by March.
According to the figures, put together by independent consultants Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners, the population across Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Gloucester will grow by 44,700 in the next 20 years.
Planning inspectors have already warned the three councils they must have a plan in place to protect greenbelt land from developers.
Tewkesbury Borough Council is already battling plans to build 1,000 homes in Bishop's Cleeve and Cheltenham borough was warned earlier this year that it had only narrowly avoided seeing 135 new homes being built near Prestbury.
Andrew North, chief executive of Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "The consequence of not having a plan in place is that developers will bang in applications in a haphazard manner.
"These will not be based on local choice in terms of location, infrastructure and sustainability, but will be made by planning inspectors who have no connection with the areas."
If the use of the figures are approved, councillors from the three authorities will turn their attention to the number of jobs expected to materialise in the next two decades as well as estimating the average size of the households.
No decision has yet been made on how to share the new homes between the boroughs.
Cheltenham borough will vote on the figures on September 24, Gloucester on September 27 and Tewkesbury on October 1.
THE Joint Core Strategy will still need to go through a number of stages during the next two years before it is finally adopted.
The three councils have put together a timetable for when each section should be completed:
Draft of preferred option document completed by March 2013
Preferred option document released by June 2013
Preferred option consultation runs from July to August 2013 for a minimum six weeks
The Government makes a final decision – July 2014
Adoption – August 2014