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Will population data mean fewer houses on greenbelt sites?

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

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CAMPAIGNERS in Brockworth are hoping housing projections for greenbelt sites will reduce after population figures were released this week.

Last month Tewkesbury Borough Council made a decision on housing supply as part of the joint core strategy which could see 1,500 homes built on green belt land by 2031.

But members of Save Brockworth Green Belt campaign group have said there are enough houses in the area already.

On Thursday, the Office for National Statistics released figures which show 19,000 more people are expected to live in Gloucestershire in the next 17 years.

However, in Tewkesbury the figures show a steady increase in the number of people projected to live in the borough.

The statistics show that the population for the borough will increase by 12,000 over the next 17 years from its current level of 85,000.

Jane Joyner from Save Brockworth Green Belt group said: “There are enough houses in Brockworth. A few years ago a survey was carried out by a rural company which showed a need for only 48 extra houses.”

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against the JCS development. It has also been opposed by Brockworth Parish Council, Hucclecote Parish Council and Tewkesbury MP Laurence Robertson.

Borough and parish Councillor Judith Perez said: “Locally we need more housing but the development needs to be spread across other areas.”

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s chief executive Mike Dawson said: “The three councils will now consider this information, which will inform the final version of the Joint Core Strategy.”

The next stage of the joint core strategy will be a second public consultation in the next few months.

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