Councillors voted to adopt the Site Allocations Local Plan (SALP) at full council last Wednesday, which will see more than 11,139 homes built between 2006-2026.
Planning inspector Michael Hetherington gave the council a series of modifications in his report last month, which included increasing the number of homes from 10,780 to 11,139 between 2006-2026.
But the total in the final, adopted document, actually comes in 460 properties above that - 11,599.
Max Baker, head of spatial policy at the council, said this is a contingency and added: "We've got to show we have sites that have capacity for more [houses].
"We do have to demonstrate, when we sit down in front of the inspector, that all the sites we're proposing are genuinely available."
He said specific sites had been earmarked for all these developments but added developers could still put their own planning applications in, separate from the SALP, as long as they adhered to national planning policy.
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