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26 January 2012, 08:53
Aylesbury Vale councillors want to know how many homes and jobs should be created over the next 20 years.
The district council's started a major consultation after the government announced it would abandon the South East Plan - which required the council to build 1,060 homes a year.
On average 750 homes a year have been built over the past few years in Aylesbury Vale.
With regional targets set to go, the council's told Heart not building new homes isn't an option.
There are four options in the consultation.
- 4,500 to 6,700 homes and 0 to 3,000 jobs
- 6,750 to 9,000 homes and 3,000 to 6,100 jobs
- 9,000 to 11,250 homes and 6,100 to 9,100 jobs
- 11,250 to 13,500 homes and 9,100 to 12,000 jobs
The figures are based on factors like demand for housing and affordability, changes in population and births and deaths.
Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, says they need to balance the need to protect the environment with the need for homes and jobs.
She added: "Building new homes is an emotive issue and it is only right that we go back to the drawing board, look at the needs of our district and ask people what they think is the right number of new houses and jobs for the Vale."
Have your say on the Aylesbury Vale website. It runs until January 26, 2012