Implications of Lack of Land Supply
The fact that Torbay Council is unable to demonstrate a 3-year land supply for new housing (let alone a 5-year land supply) has serious implications for our Neighbourhood Plan, and hence, our Town.
Monday 8 March 2021
A sobering story about Burley-in-Wharfedale in Yorkshire.
Bottomline: Approval given for 500 houses to be built in a small village on the Green Belt.
How did this happen?
The Council’s housing land supply was under 2 years, so the Secretary of State accepted that the delivery of new housing should attract “very substantial weight”.
Read the full story:
Notes from the Green Belt: what’s so very special about Burley-in-Wharfedale?
Thursday 11 March 2021 15:23
Torbay cannot build on four sides - this should be taken into account.
More building will take away the countryside to the detriment of the local population.
Torbay does not need more houses - what Torbay needs is more permanent well paid jobs in order for people to afford the houses that are currently on the market.
Developers say they plan to build 'affordable' housing - so the question has to be what is considered affordable and affordable by whom - certainly not those wanting to reside in the low economy area of Torbay. It seems Torbay is becoming a dormitory town for Plymouth, Newton Abbot and particularly Exeter - this does not help the prosperity of Torbay.
Thursday 11 March 2021 18:04
R E Vincent
Land supply has always puzzled me . If Torbay supply land, or the approval, and builders don't build (Devonshire Park, Holicombe, sites in Collaton) then surely this land should be carried forward. I can think of only two sites currently under construction at White Rock and Berry Acres. Builders will not build unless they think they can sell what they build, I think in Paignton about 100+ houses are built every year as a glut would depress prices and profits.
Therefore land supply should be based on what builders are likely to build every year. White Rock has built a lot of houses but over 5 years with still more to come. Devonshire Park and Holicombe over 350 houses should still count in the land supply figures.