Important to comment on core strategy

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I WOULD like to draw the attention of all residents of North Tyneside that the consultation on North Tyneside Council’s Core Strategy Preferred Options ends on October 31.

It is especially important for everyone to comment as the consultation contains statements such as ‘the recession has meant fewer homes are built. Supply has not kept up with demand and we now have less than five years supply of housing’.

Now the obvious problem with that statement is that housebuilders only build houses when there is a demand, this enables them to make the profit on the development.

If there is no demand then there is no house building.

The real reason that there is less than five years supply of housing is that the administration running the council in 2008 decided to adopt a strategy that required house building at an accelerated rate.

This was to meet targets and not to meet demand.

The five-year supply of housing is based on figures which ignore the actual demand and any outstanding planning permission which have been passed but building has not started.

The whole core strategy is based on false assumptions and it is important that as many representations as possible are made to make the adoption of the core strategy as difficult as possible.

E-mail your concerns to planning.policy@northtyneside.gov.uk or write to Planning Policy, Development Directorate, North Tyneside Council, Quadrant, The Silverlink North, Cobalt Business Park, NE27 0BY

COUN DAVID ORD

Northumberland Ward