Report shows 2018 was best year so far for new homes being built in the borough
The figures are revealed in the Authority Monitoring Report, which examines the effectiveness of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s planning policies each year, being presented to the Economic, Planning and Housing Committee on Thursday (10 January 2019). The report shows that the number of new homes built in 2018 is the highest number since the adoption of Basingstoke and Deane’s Local Plan, the blueprint that guides decisions on development across the borough.
The number of new homes built in the year to April 2018 is just short of the Local Plan target of 850 units a year but this shortfall is due to be met in the coming years when new sites are developed. The 828 new homes were built at sites included in the Local Plan at Kennel Farm, Razors Farm, land north of Marnel Park, Overton Hill and land south of Bloswood Lane. A number of other sites also came forward on previously developed ‘brownfield’ sites, including 115 new homes at Chapel Hill in Basingstoke.
A total of 243 affordable homes were delivered through the council’s policy of house builders providing 40% on their developments. This is less than the target of 300 a year but is a significant increase on recent years. And the number of affordable housing completions is predicted to rise to around 400 to 450 homes next year as general housing completions are predicted to go up.
The council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Infrastructure Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “These latest housing figures continue the significant upward trend in housing delivery. Good progress has been made on our priority of giving more people in our community the opportunity of a home of their own, including delivering on our 40% target for affordable housing.
“The monitoring report shows that our Local Plan is performing well and having a wide range of positive impacts on the built and natural environment, contributing to the social, economic and environmental well-being of the area. This includes protecting areas from inappropriate development, retaining local facilities, strengthening the borough’s economy and meeting local needs. It is supporting the delivery of new homes, as well as ensuring a mix of new homes of appropriate size, type and tenure to meet local needs and providing the flexibility to allow new homes in the countryside, where appropriate.
"Recent planning appeals have shown that our Local Plan is robust and this Authority Monitoring Report demonstrates that we are building the right homes in the right places for the people of Basingstoke and Deane."
The report is available to view at https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/BD02