An independent enquiry carried out by the Council to Protect Rural England has concluded that estimates of the county's future housing need have been overestimated by a considerable margin. It added that councillors are sacrificing everything that makes Devon special for the sake of unattractive 'identikit' housing found the length and breadth of Britain.
The report was launched at a seminar on Friday October 12, where the key findings were outlined by Jonathan Lee, a leading research academic with Opinion Research Services (ORS). East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire and Dr Phillip Bratby from CPRE Devon, told attendees that it was time to address the failings of the government's cudgel-handed housing policy and its impact on Devon, and build houses that people can afford, using land that is suitable for development, in the places that people actually need them.
The charity said the report ‘exposes the stark truth behind official assessments of Devon’s housing needs’, which are based on a ‘flawed’ government methodology. The charity underlined a fact made clear by other campaigners earlier this year - that the new homes will mostly be sold to outsiders at market rate or above, not to people from Devon who need an affordable home.
The charity's findings form the basis of this parliamentary petition which calls for all Local Plans in Devon to be halted while the flawed methodology behind them is properly and independently assessed.
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