47,500 new homes to be built in Cornwall by 2030
Some 47,500 new homes will be built in and around Cornwall by 2030 after councillors in the region agreed the final figure following a lengthy debate at County Hall in Truro last week.
Members of the full council voted two-to-one in favour of the figure, after an earlier Conservative group motion for 33,000 new build properties was rejected.
The figure forms part of the Local Plan and is designed to help alleviate the growing housing shortage in the region by setting out future housing requirements for people living in Cornwall. Edwina Hannaford, Liberal Democrat councillor for Looe West, Lansallos and Lanteglos and also portfolio holder for environment, heritage and planning, told the press that she was pleased with the housing figure agreed.
"We need an adopted plan, we don't want to rely on the National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF] as the primary policy for planning decisions; 47,500 will give us a fighting chance to gain control over our own planning policies," she said. "We also need affordable housing; 27,000 houses already have planning permission and 7,000 of those have already been built, meaning the real figure is more like 27,500 houses over the next 17 years."
Geoff Brown, Newquay Central Liberal Democrat councillor and Portfolio Holder for Homes, concurred: "This case is committed to delivering much needed homes for the people of Cornwall, as many of the 47,500 homes have already been given permission and many already built, so the true figure of new homes is closer to 20,000. We need to ensure that our delivery best meets the needs of many communities."
The draft Local Plan will now go out to public consultation.