Plan for 50,000 new homes in Cornwall by 2030
Councillors in Cornwall have been asked to recommend almost 50,000 homes are built in the county by 2030 by planners seeking an amendment to a contentious planning document.
Officers yesterday asked councillors to consider adding 5,250 homes to the draft Local Plan – a rise to 47,500 from the 42,250 agreed at a full council meeting in February.
Concerns were raised that the council's low housing target would be rejected when it heads to the Secretary of State for approval.
Councillor Dick Cole, chairman of the Environment, Heritage and Planning Portfolio Advisory Committee, said members had opted to "work up" options on both housing figures for a report to the council's cabinet.
"The debate was not about what the most appropriate figure was for Cornwall," Coun Cole said, "but what figure we could get past Government inspectors who are being dictated to by (Secretary of States) Eric Pickles."
The Local Plan is supposed to act as a future vision for the county, and has been designed to give planners guidance on broad locations for new facilities, shops and employment, as well as housing.