More than 50 changes have been proposed by an independent planning inspector looking into West Berkshire’s housing site allocation.
The plan was approved by West Berkshire Council last year, listing 27 sites where a total of 1,600 homes will be built.
After examination of the plan began in April, the inspector has come back with 56 changes, some of which include increasing the number of houses on certain sites.
The move comes as the council’s core strategy stated the need for at least 10,500 homes to be built between 2006 and 2026.
As a result of the inspector’s verdict, the council launched a public consultation on Monday to ask residents for their opinions on the proposed changes.
Hilary Cole, the council’s executive member for planning, said: “This is great news for the residents of West Berkshire as the inspector has listened to what the council has said during the examination and the responses it has provided.
“He has not added additional sites to the housing site allocations development plan document, nor has he removed any sites from the document.
“West Berkshire Council is determined to be a planning-led authority and not allow developers to bully communities into building houses in the wrong locations and without infrastructure.
“By having this document, we can demonstrate that we have a vision for providing much-needed new housing and a plan for delivering it.”
The inspector’s changes include increasing the developable area of a large number of the sites and reducing the size on four of them.
They also propose upping the number of homes from 70 to 100 for the site between the A340 and The Green in Theale, and from 100 to between 150 and 200 for land adjacent to Junction 12 of the M4 in Calcot. The consultation runs until January 30.
To comment on the consultation, go to westberks.gov.uk/consultations. Following the consultation, the council will forward comments to the planning inspector for consideration before writing his final report.
If there are no further issues, it will then be submitted to the council, who are anticipated to adopt the plan at their council meeting in May next year.