Midlands county to test phased policy

Around 49,000 homes are needed in Nottinghamshire up to 2021, according to the county's draft structure plan.

The plan, which was placed on deposit last week, claims that the housing total is required to meet the policies of regional planning guidance for the East Midlands (RPG8), which identifies Nottingham as one of the drivers for regional growth.

According to the deposit draft, increased urban capacity in the south of the county will allow for a cut in greenfield allocations remaining from the current plan. Most of the new housing - 37,000 homes - will be allocated in the south of the county. No more than 5,800 will be on sites outside urban areas.

To encourage urban regeneration, the plan proposes that land for housing should be released in two stages - the first phase in urban areas and the second to include allocations on the edge or outside of urban areas.

The release of second-phase sites would depend on completion of 85 per cent of homes on first-phase sites. "The release of housing land needs to be phased to ensure brownfield sites are developed before greenfield sites," the plan notes.

Nottinghamshire and Nottingham Joint Structure Plan can be viewed via www.planning.haynet.com.

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