Call for housing review

Housing in Lancaster.
Housing in Lancaster.

A motion questioning the way crucial housing figures are calculated when planning new housing developments in the district has been unanimously passed by Lancaster city councillors.

The motion, proposed by Green Party councillor Tim Hamilton-Cox called on council officers to instruct councillors how they could challenge the current way of working out the figures.

The motion also instructed the chief executive to write to the two local MPs – Eric Ollerenshaw and David Morris – and the government’s planning minister, to try to get a shift in government policy. Coun Hamilton-Cox said that the motion was put forward because it is currently much harder for the city council to control where developers build houses – and is “leading to planning applications in inappropriate and damaging locations”.