Housing plans look increasingly fragile
FUTURE housing plans for north Gloucestershire are looking increasingly fragile after Tewkesbury councillors criticised their Cheltenham counterparts.
Members from the two borough councils are supposed to be working with Gloucester City Council on a Joint Core Strategy, a plan to determine house-building up to 2031. But after Gloucester councillors criticised Cheltenham members for suggesting that a lower-than-expected number of houses, 18,600, could be built, Tewkesbury members have blasted them for that too.
At a full council meeting, Tewkesbury members said the numbers should be more like 28,500 or even as high as 43,220.
Tewkesbury and Gloucester are now warning that unless Cheltenham has a change of heart when it meets on October 15, the Joint Core Strategy might collapse and they might instead work on their own housing plans.
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At their meeting, Tewkesbury councillors agreed that more work needed to be done before housing need for the three areas could be properly established.
Councillor Brian Calway (C, Tewkesbury Prior's Park) said data drawn up so far was unreliable and added: "The further work that needs to be done needs to be substantial."