Following commitment from Three Rivers District Council to prepare a new Local Plan with lower new home numbers than derived from the Standard Methodology, we were concerned to see a Council response to a question at a recent Full Council meeting which stated that the new number “At best, might be marginally lower if we use more up-to-date basis for the calculation”.

A “marginally” lower number would still result in considerable new home building in Green Belt and would be far in excess of the independently calculated true housing need.

We are talking to the council to clarify our understanding of this answer, what a new “lower” number might actually look like and what this would mean for building on precious Green Belt.  We will keep you updated as we learn more.