New home numbers to go under spotlight

Carole Paternoster
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POLITICIANS will be weighing up how many new homes are needed in the Vale in the next 20 years – just weeks after plans to build three new villages to the east of Aylesbury were approved.

On Tuesday, members of Aylesbury Vale District Council’s cabinet will begin talks about how many new homes and jobs are needed.

A study by the council says of 220 people surveyed, 31 per cent said the Vale needs between 4,500 and 6,700 homes, the lowest range, while 33 per cent backed the highest level – between 11,250 to 13,500.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, who is responsible for strategic planning, said: “This is the first time that we have been able to decide the number of new houses and jobs the Vale needs over the next 20 years.

“Previous housing numbers have been set by the Government.” She continued: “The main message I have received from the public is that any growth in the Vale must be led by the provision of new jobs and new infrastructure.”

A previous housing target of 26,890 homes by 2026 was withdrawn because of the change of Government.

Once agreed, new housing targets will be included in the upcoming Vale of Aylesbury Plan.