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It has been revealed that around 700 new houses will be built in the Harborough district within the next year, following the council falling behind its new annual housing target in 2014.

With this in mind, the council has admitted that planning applications for housing in the district will be ‘treated more sympathetically to try to raise the build rate’.

However, once the shortfall is compensated for, the council will settle back into its ‘normal’ annual quota. With this quota in place, around 9,500 homes will be built in the next 20 years.

Government house building guidelines

The council believes that the government is forcing Harborough to build too many homes in the area. Stephen Pointer, the council’s strategic planning services manager comments: “We’re following Government guidelines. We haven’t got room to manoeuvre.”

Why do so many people want to move to and live in Harborough?  According to many it’s the close proximity to London as well as several local attractive towns and cities.  Others site the rural location, excellent town centre and strong community spirit. Contact Naylors to find out more about living in Market Harborough or surrounding area.