Council needs to find more housing sites in borough

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Amber Valley Borough Council could be 3,000 houses short of meeting new Government targets, an official has warned.

Government planning inspector Roy Foster suspended an inquiry and gave the authority six extra months to revise its ‘core strategy’ development blueprint document, which allocates land for new homes, after hearing that some sites earmarked for housing could fall through.

Concerns about the cost and deliverability of sites at Nottingham Road in Ripley and Alfreton Road in Codnor, as well as a ‘duty to co-operate’ to help Derby city meet its housing allocation, affected estimates.

Mr Foster told the council: “I am in no doubt that the council is currently unable to demonstrate the existence of a secure, deliverable five-year supply. The submitted plan is incapable of progressing to adoption until this is remedied. The council therefore needs to identify and bring forward further strategic allocations to deal with this shortfall.”

The council said officers were determining how to address the concerns.