Context to Suggested Objection 1

Shropshire Council have deliberately chosen to pursue ‘high growth’ aspirations – ie aiming to build more housing than is needed in Shropshire.
There are approximately 138,000 households in the Shropshire Council area at present. The Council’s own published assessment of actual housing need (using the Government’s recommended Standard Methodology) indicates a housing need of an additional 25,894 dwellings over the Plan period 2016 to 2038.
However, the Draft Local Plan aims to deliver 30,800 dwellings over the same period – nearly 5,000 more. 1,500 of these additional 5,000 homes will be built in Shropshire because our neighbouring ‘Black Country’ Local Authorities believe they cannot meet their own housing numbers.

ONS (Office for National Statistics) data covering the period 2018-2038 indicates that most of Shropshire’s population growth will be driven by the 60+ age group. If it is this group that buy new ‘open market’ homes in Shropshire, then Shropshire Council’s house building targets will only exacerbate current demographic challenges.There are approximately 138,000 households in the Shropshire Council area at present. The Council’s own published assessment of actual housing need (using the Government’s recommended Standard Methodology) indicates a housing need of an additional 25,894 dwellings over the Plan period 2016 to 2038.
However, the Draft Local Plan aims to deliver 30,800 dwellings over the same period – nearly 5,000 more. 1,500 of these additional 5,000 homes will be built in Shropshire because our neighbouring ‘Black Country’ Local Authorities believe they cannot meet their own housing numbers.
ONS (Office for National Statistics) data covering the period 2018-2038 indicates that most of Shropshire’s population growth will be driven by the 60+ age group. If it is this group that buy new ‘open market’ homes in Shropshire, then Shropshire Council’s house building targets will only exacerbate current demographic challenges.

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