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Craven's Local Plan to be reviewed due to new employment forecasts

Craven District Council has commissioned a review of the housing figures in the draft Local Plan after new demographic data and job growth forecasts were released.

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Initial analysis of the employment projections appears to suggest that the number of homes needed in the Local Plan may be reduced.

David Smurthwaite, Craven District Council's strategic manager, said: "We had been aiming to submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for examination by the end of December this year.

"Significant progress has been made towards achieving this target, however new issues have recently emerged, which we believe will have a significant impact on the course of the Local Plan.

"We have received an initial analysis of the Government's new figures, which appears to indicate a reduction in the baseline dwelling requirement and also a reduction in the dwelling requirement for job growth, which we consider cannot be ignored."

The council has now commissioned an update to the Strategic Housing Market Assessment, and the results are expected by early October.

Councillors will then be presented with an update and a detailed timetable for the subsequent development of the Local Plan. If necessary, a revised version of the Local Plan will go out for consultation.

The Craven Local Plan sets out how land should be used in the future to achieve economic, environmental and social goals. Policies in a local plan will be used to decide planning applications including housing, retail and employment uses up to 2032.