Local Housing Need, Calculations due to change, in light of significant reduction in Numbers!

The approach to assessing Local Housing Need, in the light of the present method of Calculation resulting in Lower Housing Need numbers, is due to change.

The Government has entered a period of Consultation.

The Consultation is due to end on the 7th December, just 9 days after Castle Point Council are due to approve a draft copy of their 2018 Local Plan.

The publication of new household projections by the Office for National Statistics has led to a significant reduction in the overall numbers generated by the standard method for assessing local housing need.

This consultation sets out proposals to update planning practice guidance on housing need assessment to be consistent with increasing housing supply.

This consultation also proposes clarifications of national planning policy on:
housing land supply
the definition of deliverable
appropriate assessment

A Link to the Government Consultation can be found HERE.


One response to “Local Housing Need, Calculations due to change, in light of significant reduction in Numbers!

  1. Editor
    Good new story indeed CPBC can once again call upon its Exceptional circumstances for suppressing development as previously recorded.:-

    “The Council has throughout been conscious of the need to address carefully the very challenging planning constraints in the Borough, and especially the difficult if not impossible task of reconciling apparent housing needs with protection of the established Green Belt and other protected areas, as well as the need to work over a large and complex housing market area on the edge of London with four other planning authorities.

    The particular physical circumstances of the Borough are as follows:

    A relatively small Borough with a land area of just over 4,000 hectares  At least 2,700 hectares of the Borough is long-established open Metropolitan Green Belt land 
    Of this area of Green Belt, at least 1,100 hectares are notified by Natural England as covered by international and national nature conservation designations around the Thames Estuary, and by ancient woodlands 
    Of the urban areas of the Borough, Canvey Island, with approximately half of the Borough’s population, is defined by the Environment Agency as Flood Risk Zone 3a, being at or below sea level 
    Further land is likely to be required on Canvey Island by the Environment Agency for improvement to existing sea defences in the lifetime of a Local Plan, further restricting opportunity for development 
    The Health & Safety Executive require significant exclusion areas to be maintained by the Local Planning authority around two top-tier CoMAH sites on Canvey Island’s Thames Estuary frontage”

    The problem for CPBC is however the fact that they have not allowed for any of these so called Special Circumstances, in resent times, stifle planning applications.
    CPBC Planning process, having systematically set precedent’s that the development on flood plain, near COMAH sites and within the green belt is acceptable, the Exceptional Circumstances argument has lost its credibility.

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