An issues document published by the council last week highlights the problem of local people being priced out of the market.
"A new approach could be to restrict the occupancy of all new housing to existing residents or those with a connection with the borough," says the paper. It adds: "The aim would be to resist housing development aimed at satisfying demand from outside the borough."
The paper also stresses that an appropriate mix of housing should be provided to meet local community needs and identifies a shortfall of affordable housing of around 3,741 homes a year. As at early 2004, the average house price in the borough was £741,145, some 392 per cent higher than the national average.
Issues and Options Paper can be viewed via www.PlanningResource.co.uk.