Thousands of homes need to be built

MORE than 3,000 new homes need to be built across the Arun district in the next five years.

Councillors were told the 3,237 properties had to be constructed by the end of 2019 to meet government housing targets.

This equates to an average of nearly 12.5 properties every week.

The total takes account of the current shortfall because 397 homes were built in the past year against the required 580.

Arun head of planning policy Simon Meecham told the council’s local plan sub-committee most of the required housing had been lined up.

He said: “Consents have been given to 84 per cent. That gives us a very strong case to defend against appeals against planning refusals.

“The rest of the required housing is pretty much, apart from windfall sites, placed in neighbourhood plans.”

The supply of housing enabled Arun – which includes some 2,000 homes around Eastergate – to meet the government’s target of a five-year supply of housing land, he said.

The figure is 5.33 years but this would be subject to challenge at appeals by developers, he warned.

The total number of homes needed also includes five per cent on top of the required amount in line with the government’s requirements.