In the Congleton Road, Sandbach decision the Secretary of State confirms that:
- There is a housing requirement, including backlog and buffer of some 9000 dwellings over 5 years or 1800 per annum;
- There is currently a demonstrable supply, taking a generous approach to Council estimates, which is likely to be in the region of 7000 to 7500 dwellings at most; and
- The demonstrable supply therefore equates to a figure in the region of 3.9 to 4.1 years.
consultation on a final Draft Pre-Submission Local Plan document might ultimately been seen as a step backwards rather than a step forwards.