Council leader challenges Minister’s housing recommendations

Cllr George Beckett Leader of Winchester City Council has reacted angrily to inconsistencies in the Secretary of State’s reasons for increasing the housing numbers required in the Winchester District.

He said “We are resigned to providing our fair share of the necessary housing required over the next 20 years. This will be difficult enough without these additional demands based on factually incorrect information.

“I intend to protect Winchester and the District from unreasonable impositions of development, and have today written to the minister to ask for an explanation of the contradictions and apparent errors in the stated reasons for proposing a further increase in development in the District.”