Coventry adopts local plan with 7,000-home green belt release

Coventry City Council this week adopted its local plan, paving the way for significant green belt release to help meet alleviate a housing shortfall in the city.

Coventry: local plan adopted
Coventry: local plan adopted

A meeting of the city’s full council formally adopted the plan on Tuesday, following receipt of the inspector’s report last month. The council also approved an area action plan for the city centre.

Main modifications included in inspector Rebecca Phillips’ report on the plan include a housing target of 25,372 homes set against an objectively-assessed need in the city of 42,400 homes during the plan period.

Phillips approved the plan’s proposal to release several parcels of green belt to provide around 7,000 homes, saying this would make a "very substantial contribution" to meeting the city’s housing shortfall.

But she accepted that the city would not be able to meet its housing need in full.

The report said that the scale of potentially unmet need in the city is "exceptional". "Even with the release of green belt and greenfield sites, the plan will leave a shortfall of nearly 18,000 dwellings that will need to be met elsewhere in the wider housing market area," the report says.

Under the plan, Coventry will therefore work with other Warwickshire authorities to meet the unmet need across the wider area.


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