Housing numbers and densities…. so just what can we expect to see?
At a recent CDC meeting David James of SOC asked the Council about the CDC promotional leaflet referring to Cirencester taking a “sizeable share“ of new housing. The share had also been referred to as fair and proportionate. It is nothing of the sort. David had spent many hours on government websites investigating 30 different local plans from those towns that were sampled. An analytical comparison with other towns of a similar size to Cirencester (about 20,000) within the UK shows that the allocation of new houses, relative to its population, is higher for Cirencester than all of the other 29 towns, in fact two and a half times higher than the national average (17 v 7 new houses per 100 residents). Based on the randomness and statistical validity of that sample, it is true to say that Cirencester has the highest relative burden of housing than anywhere else in the country. CDC has now failed to recognise the enormity of this scheme and should reduce the allocation to a much lesser number.