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Adopt a robust housing target in the Local Plan Review

We the undersigned petition the Council to adopt a more robust set of data in the Local Plan Review, which removes those set by the Standard Methodology and based on overstated projections by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The Housing and Economic Needs Assessment (HEDNA) for Coventry and Warwickshire, which was partly commissioned by Coventry City Council, notes that the Statistics Regulator and the ONS admit the population estimates for Coventry overstated the city's population growth in the Standard Method for calculating housing need. This has misinformed the number of homes required to be built in Coventry under the Local Plan adopted in 2017.
The HEDNA notes that in exceptional circumstances the local planning authority can reject the Standard Methodology and calculate its own need. On the issue of such widely inaccurate population projections, the HEDNA argues that this qualifies as an exceptional circumstance and Coventry City Council has the ability to adopt a lower and more accurate level of housing need.
In the upcoming Local Plan Review, Coventry City Council must take the advice of the HEDNA and adjust its housing target to reflect real housing need.

This ePetition runs from 06/02/2023 to 10/04/2023.

611 people have signed this ePetition.