A motion was proposed by Councillor Tindall and seconded by Councillor Taylor. An amendment to the motion was proposed by Councillor Williams and seconded by Councillor Griffiths which was accepted by Councillor Tindall. Therefore, the substantive motion proposed (as amended) was as follows:
In the 2019 General Election both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Manifestos promised to deliver 300,000 new homes a year to address the national housing shortage.
This Council believes that this target is in excess of the ONS
projections of housing need and will lead to higher levels of Green
Belt development in the Dacorum Local Plan than is necessary to
meet our housing need.
This Council therefore requests
· the Leader of the Council to write to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government asking that the figure of 922 per annum be revised in line with the figures from the Office of National Statistics which project a need for between 170-200,000 new homes to be started per annum significantly below the 300,000 proposed in the manifesto, and
· A copy of that letter be sent to the Borough’s two Members of Parliament with a request that they make representations to the Secretary of State in support of the Council’s position
A vote was held:
Therefore the motion was carried.