Permission for 4,300 houses
There is planning permission for more than 4,300 homes which have yet to be built in Bath and north east Somerset, figures uncovered by the Conservatives have revealed.
The number include homes which are under construction but not yet completed, as well as development sites with outline planning permission such as the second phase of Bath Western Riverside. However, the 4,300 figure does not include some of the area's major brownfield sites, such as former MoD land in Bath and the Somerdale Cadbury factory site in Keynsham.
Conservative councillors say the large number of schemes which are currently on the back burner adds weight to their argument that greenfield sites could and should be protected from large-scale new housing development.
The figures have been revealed as B&NES politicians prepare to meet at the end of the month to agree changes to the authority's core strategy planning blueprint, which will detail the number of homes required over the next 15 years and the authority's preferred locations for new development.
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Conservative spokesman for homes and planning, Councillor Geoff Ward (Con, Bathavon North) said: "The figures will bolster the arguments being made in communities which are currently fighting unwanted greenfield housing."