HOUSING targets for Waverley until 2032 leapt from 519 per year to 590 this afternoon at the conclusion of the government’s six-day examination to test if the borough council’s blueprint document for future development is “sound”.
Setting the new increased target for Waverley’s Local Plan, Inspector Jonathan Bore said: “Housing requirements need to address the serious problem of lack of affordable housing in the borough.”
Mr Bore told the council the higher figure also included taking 50 per cent of Woking’s unmet housing need, as it is the “least constrained” authority between Woking, Guildford and Waverley to provide the overall number needed.
Waverley Forum, which represents 10 property developers and landowners, had called for an increased target of 635 new homes per year but agreed to accept the lower figure.
Waverley’s allocation of 2,600 houses at Dunsfold Aerodrome also looks set to get the green light, subject to the outcome of this months planning inquiry to determine initial outline plans for 1,800.
At the examination hearings at Waverley offices in Godalming, Mr Bore agreed the site was sustainable, despite continued objections from opposition groups represented, and said the Local Plan should be changed to read “2,600 houses” rather than “Up to 2,600 houses”.
Waverley also announced at today’s concluding session there would not be a judicial review to test whether the process by which the borough council had granted outline planning consent for 1,800 was lawful.
*For a full report see next week’s Haslemere and Farnham Heralds.