DEVELOPERS will not be able to run amok with house building wherever they want, Gloucester city councillors said as they approved a plan for future developments until 2031.
The masterplan – known as the Joint Core Strategy – sets out a plan for all housing and economic development in Gloucestershire between 2011 and 2031.
It also details what infrastructure such as schools, doctor’s surgeries and roads will be needed to cope with a growing population.
City councillors overwhelmingly voted in favour of the draft plan which will be submitted to the Government for approval.
Without a plan, developers would be able to submit house building applications for almost anywhere.
Councillor Jeremy Hilton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: “Developers would have a field day if we do not approve this plan. It would be difficult to refuse planning applications in areas that are totally unsuitable.”
Councillor Kate Haigh, leader of the Labour group, said: “It is not lightly that we are taking this decision. This allows us in Gloucester to have a future plan for a housing need that already exists. There are people who can’t afford to buy a property. We need a plan and this is it.”
- Innsworth - 1,250
- North Churchdown - 532
- South Churchdown - 868
- North Brockworth - 1,500
- North West Cheltenham - 4,785
- South Chelt Leckhampton - 1,124
- MOD Site at Ashchurch - 2,125
- Total: 12,184 homes
The plan had to go forward to meet the demand for more housing in Gloucester. Some 4,500 people are on a waiting list for social housing, while house prices continue to increase.
Councillor Declan Wilson (LD, Hucclecote) said: “We are leaving a terrible legacy to the next generation including unaffordable housing. This is because we are not building enough houses. It is a simple matter of supply and demand. I am going to vote for the next generation because they quite frankly need all the help they can get.”
But not every councillor agrees with the plan and councillors were not divided down party lines. Councillor Susan Witts (LD, Elmbridge), Jim Porter (C, Longlevens) and Kathy Williams (C, Longlevens) refused to back the plan.
Mr Porter said: “In Longlevens we are already struggling with congested roads and our doctor’s surgeries and schools are full. We cannot cope with any more development.”
Mrs Williams added: “The impact of new homes will be devastating for my area. The recent bad weather saw both sides of the A38 covered in water and it became a marshland. Some of those areas are now being considered for building. Currently 570 homes are being built in Longford Lane. This will have a serious impact on people living here.”