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From Keighley News, 23rd September 2017
Written by Alistair Shand

 A GOVERNMENT consultation could see the number of homes planned for the district cut significantly. Among the proposals is the adoption of a standard method for calculating local authorities' housing need. It would take into account factors such as the difference between the average house price in an area and average wages.


The proposed formula would produce a much reduced housing target in Bradford district, according to Keighley MP John Grogan.

It is estimated the figure would fall from 2,200 a year, in the recently-adopted local plan, to 1,663.

Mr Grogan said: "I support the idea of a standard formula for calculating housing need, which was the practice under the previous Labour Government.

"I think this new formula would give a much more realistic housing figure for Bradford.

"In turn it would mean there would be much less pressure to build on the green belt in Ilkley, Keighley, Airedale and Wharfedale.

"Nevertheless, I wish there was more about the need for affordable housing for rent and for sale in the consultation."

Mr Grogan is chairing a meeting on a green belt theme, organised by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, at the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

He added: "If the Government brings in the new formula next April, then Bradford will use this when it reviews its housing target.

"This would mean a lot more of our precious green belt could be passed on intact to the next generation."

The consultation runs until November 9.