Joint Core Strategy: £1m could be spent on planning new homes for Gloucestershire
MORE than £1 million could be spent on planning new homes in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Gloucester.
But after three years of work, a councillor, who is on the committee working on the plan, has asked what has been achieved?
Three years ago councillors from all three councils sat down to discuss how many homes needed to be built over the next 20 years and where they would go.
Councillor Les Godwin also raised concerns at the Up Hatherley parish council meeting about the Joint Core Strategy's total budget of more than £1million.
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The People Against Bureaucracy councillor, who represents the Prestbury ward, said: "The Joint Core Strategy committee started working three years ago...I feel after these three years we have got nothing to show.
"We are still talking about a strategy and all the indications show something may materialise by June of next year, but of course this means developers will be waiting on the wings and putting in their applications.
"Three years on and we are not much further forward and not a lot has been achieved."
A working group has been set up after Cheltenham politicians wanted to see further evidence that the 28,500 houses, agreed by counterparts in Tewkesbury and Gloucester, were needed and could be sustained with employment.
Mr Godwin added: "The biggest ache will be where the developments take place and that is being left for the time being. Everything is still very much in the melting pot. How many homes will be developed is anybody's guess."
Andrew North, chairman of the Joint Core Strategy programme, said: "The cost of the project up until now has been just over £200,000 per council, which is out of an overall budget per council of £365,000.
"This has been spent on a significant amount of vital work which has been carried out to date, including two major consultations, the production of a detailed and technical evidence base, and in-depth independent reports on issues including housing projections, flooding and infrastructure.
"Throughout the process, there have been a couple of issues outside of our control which have caused delays in the project."