Hundreds of new Cotswold homes scrapped
The building of hundreds of homes in Gloucestershire has been scrapped, an independent report has stated.
The National Housing Federation (NHF) commissioned a report showing Cotswold District Council has axed 900 planned new homes over 20 years.
The move follows the government's decision to scrap regional house-building targets.
The Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) for the South West had proposed building 500,000 new homes by 2026.
The NHF federation represents England's housing associations.
David Orr, NHF chief executive, said: "Local authorities need to recognise that just because regional targets have gone, housing need has not.
"To prevent a slump in the number of desperately needed new homes, the government should replace the regional planning system with transitional arrangements as a matter of urgency."
A district council spokesman said councillors had approved a reduction from building 345 homes a year, which was outlined in the RSS, to 300 as an interim measure.
The plans could change subject to developments over the next few years, he added.
He said: "This prompt action enabled the planning committee to reject an application from Cala Homes to build 300 homes on a greenfield site near Moreton-in-Marsh, while opting to grant outline planning permission for a brown field site development (in the grounds of the Moreton Fire College) for a similar number of homes.
"Lowering the annual requirement to 300 homes is viewed as a positive step towards maintaining a rolling five-year supply of building land in the district.
"It is considered to be a realistic and robust annual housing requirement for Cotswold District, which draws upon work previously undertaken by the Gloucestershire local authorities."