Unrealistic housing targets threaten countryside

We are calling for an overhaul of the way local authorities set housing targets in order to stop countryside being lost unnecessarily.

Extensive research commissioned by CPRE has shown that local authorities are in effect being asked to base their plans on aspiration rather than need, which is resulting in ever higher housing targets and the consequent, unnecessary release of countryside for development – without resulting in an increase in overall housebuilding.

Shorne Village, photo by Roy Dinnis

Shorne Village, photo by Roy Dinnis

In Kent many of the targets are unrealistic – e.g.18,560 homes planned for Maidstone, 15,600 for Canterbury and 15.600 for Thanet. The total for the county is around 165,000. Kent does not have the infrastructure for these additional homes, the impact on the countryside and environment will be devastating and irreversible. Continue reading