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Fresh bid launched to slash the annual house building target
FRESH demands to drastically slash the number of new homes built each year have been issued amid fears that Basingstoke's infrastructure will be unable to cope.
Independent councillors, Basing ward member Onnalee Cubitt, and Overton's Ian Tilbury are demanding borough chiefs reduce the previously agreed new homes target of between 730 and 770 to 594.
They have tabled a motion for Thursday's Council meeting.
They want the 594 figure to be the default target until Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council planners can prove more homes will not further pollute the River Loddon with ecologically damaging phosphorus.
Cllr Cubitt said: “There has to come a time as councillors when we can look our residents, friends and neighbours in the eye and say 'We won't force any more houses on you until we are 100 per cent confident our town and communities can cope with them.”