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City rejects housing need claim
7:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
WINCHESTER faces a massive shortfall in housing over the next four years with thousands more homes needed to satisfy demand, according to a report.
Planning consultants Turley Associates claimed Winchester will need 1,227 homes from 2013-2017 and has the biggest shortfall in Hampshire.
But city council planners have disputed the figures – and say its planning blueprint will meet the needs of the district.
Hampshire needs 12,486 homes in total over the next four years, according to Turley Associates, Under the Winchester District Local Plan 12,500 new homes can be built by 2031, including major greenfield developments at Barton Farm, West of Waterlooville and Whiteley.
The report is part of a south east wide study on housing needs, which estimates 208,000 new homes are needed in the region between 2013 and 2017 and a shortfall of 44,394 homes.
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