Today's Plaid Cymru conference heard a motion submitted by the party's Wrecsam branch to scrap the use of Welsh Government population projections and not to support LDPs that push housing development beyond local need. The motion was supported unanimously by members.
In a speech to conference, Plaid Cllr Carrie Harper said: " Welsh Government stats are currently forcasting over 320,000 new houses for Wales over the next 20 years and most of these houses are being catered for now in our Local Development Plans. To put these numbers into perspective, that will mean two new cities the size of Cardiff plus another town the size of Wrecsam. These houses are not based on local housing need within Wales but instead are aimed at attracting further in migration into the country. The vast majority of these houses will not be affordable for the majority of the Welsh population."
"The Labour Government say they're standing up for Wales, well we say they're concreting over it."
Plaids north Wales AM Llyr Huws Gruffydd went on to say: "The concern being expressed by councillors and local communities across Wales is how the Labour Government and senior civil servants in Cardiff are imposing targets on councils that are way out of line with local need.
"It appears they (Labour) are continuing the errors of the past decade, which saw a free-for-all for developers that has already put pressure on infrastructure such as our transport network, schools, health services and social services. We do not want to continue to repeat this mistake."
Plaid Cymru are already part of a national campaign by Deffro'r Ddraig, who have submitted a petition to the Welsh Governments Petition Committee. The Petition calls for all Local Development Plans across Wales to be recalled and for housing numbers to be brought in line with genuine local needs. The petition will be heard by the committee at the end of November.