Housing Development

The Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Core Strategy, amongst other things, allocates housing building requirements to individual parish areas up to 2026. At present, Desford is not required to make any further contribution to Housing Development in that period.

However, that does not legally bar prospective developers from making applications on sites outside the already allocated areas, and, the present government’s approach is to say our 2026 allocation should be treated as a minimum target, not an absolute limit. If there is no major policy or development control problem with such an application, HBBC cannot refuse it simply on the grounds that the parish has already included the required number. Also, we are required to start thinking now about the plan period after 2026, going right up to 2031

This presents the Parish Council, in its Neighbourhood Plan, with a real issue on which residents’ ideas and views will be sought. We can’t just pull up the drawbridge and say “no more”. The Neighbourhood Plan can face the issue head on and identify broad areas, e.g. “West of the Village” or “East of the Village” or “enlarge Botcheston or Newtown Unthank” (THOSE ARE PURELY THEORETICAL EXAMPLES!!) and back them up with the evidence why they are the least damaging options, or even go so far as to identify preferred sites.

Housing Occupation

The average household size in Desford parish is 2.42 people per household.

The breakdown of household composition, based on the 2011 census, is:

19.2% One family, married or same-sex civil partnership couple with no children
17% One family, married or same-sex civil partnership couple with dependent children
12.4% One person household; other
11.9% One person household aged 65 and over
11.8% One family, all aged 65 and over
6.8% One family, married or same-sex civil partnership couple; all children non-dependent
5% Lone parent family with dependent children
4.9% One family cohabiting couple; no children
3.5% Lone parent family; all children non-dependent
2.8% One family cohabiting couple with dependent children
2.2% Other household types
1.5% Other household types with dependent children
0.7% One family cohabiting couple; all children non-dependent
0.45 Other household types; all aged 65 and over

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