More work is needed on East Hampshire housing strategy

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FURTHER public consultation is planned on housing targets in East Hampshire.

Council officials have said residents will be asked for their views on revised proposals by the end of the summer.

It comes after East Hampshire District Council has suspended submission of a planning blueprint called the Joint Core Strategy after a government inspector raised concerns.

A statement from the council said: ‘The inspector queried the balance East Hampshire had placed between environmental concerns and housing need, against the context of the government’s new National Planning Policy Framework.

‘The new framework, introduced in April 2012, strongly encourages new housing development to generate economic growth.’

The policy is being drawn up jointly with the South Downs National Park Authority.

It details housing targets until 2026.

The statement added: ‘Further work is planned over the coming months, and district councillors and members of the park authority will be fully involved as the project proceeds.’

It is hoped the strategy will be re-examined by a government inspector in the autumn.