Future housing numbers reviewed
UPDATED evidence about the numbers of new homes needed for Teignbridge will be scrutinised by councillors.
The authority's overview and scrutiny committee will consider the final version of an independent report which shows fewer homes will be needed in the next 20 years than was first thought.
One councillor said: "It's critically important we get this right."
The controversy surrounds evidence used to inform Plan Teignbridge, the authority's emerging 20-year plan which will determine where new homes, schools, roads, employment land and other community facilities will go.
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The council commissioned Opinion Research Services to provide an updated technical report about the likely housing need for the future.
Figures were based on ORS's 2007 report, updated for the district in 2010.
The draft Plan Teignbridge determined a need for 11,800 new homes for 2013 to 2033.
It also took into consideration that planning consent had been secured for a further 3,000 homes —taking the total to 14,800.
The figures came under fire when the plan went out for public consultation with parish councils, residents groups and environmental lobbyists claiming they were vastly inflated.
It forced the council into reviewing them.
Now ORS has finalised its report, technically known as a strategic housing market assessment. It shows a need for 2,400 fewer homes over the same period.
The conclusions are drawn from statistics relating to the amount of people moving to Teignbridge from abroad and changes in the number of projected births and deaths.
ORS will present the report to the overview and scrutiny committee meeting on Tuesday.
A report from the council's housing numbers review group, set up last November in response to concerns over the housing figures, will also be considered.
Lib Dem shadow planning councillor Jackie Brodie said: "It is critically important the detail is right and it reflects the wishes of the residents of Teignbridge."
Simon Thornley, Teignbridge Council's planning officer, said: "We will consider the updated evidence very carefully as we prepare the final Plan Teignbridge, bearing in mind the Government requirement that councils meet their housing and other development needs."
Plan Teignbridge is expected to move through the democratic process in coming months.
It is likely to be reissued for public consultation in August ahead of submission to the Government later this year.