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To classify the opportunity areas above, we have considered several planning and development factors including adopted plans, emerging plans, council’s housing supply and ongoing consultations. However, although a number of the areas above have been marked as not currently possessing an opportunity, that does not mean that their status is not due to imminently change, or our professionals don’t have further insight on their development position.
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South Downs National Park
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*From 1 April 2019, the six district and county councils serving Dorset residents were replaced by the new unitary Dorset Council. Each constituent Local Plan remains extant at present.
+From 1 April 2019, the three unitary councils serving Bournmouth, Christchurch, and Poole residents were replaced by the new unitary BCP Council. Each constituent Local Plan remains extant at present.
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dartmoor National Park
*From 1 April 2020, the five district and county councils serving Buckinghamshire residents were replaced by Buckinghamshire Council. Each Buckinghamshire constituent local plan remains extant at present, however the unitary authority is commencing work on a Buckinghamshire local plan.
This is the term used for the overall suite of documents which direct and manage development in an area including:
\ Adopted Local Plans
\ Neighbourhood development plans
\ Waste and minerals Local Plans
This is defined in section 38 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. Planning applications must be decided in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.
Development plan documents (DPD)
Development plan documents contain planning policies for a defined area. E.g. Districts and/or neighbourhoods. All DPD are subject to public consultation and independent examination.
5-year housing land supply
Government policy (NPPF paragraph 73) states that:
Local planning authorities (LPA) should identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide a minimum of five years’ worth of housing against their housing requirement set out in adopted strategic policies…
This needs to include an additional buffer of 5%, 10% or 20%, to ensure choice and competition in the market, and to respond to previous under delivery if required.
If an LPA cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land its Local Plan policies could be considered out of date. The “Presumption in favour of sustainable development” would apply.
Housing market area
A housing market area is a geographical area defined by household demand, and preferences for all types of housing. The area will reflect ‘functional linkages’ such as where people live and work. Market areas often cross district and county boundaries.
This is the housing target adopted in a Local Plan. This will have been derived from the local housing need and moderated to respond to local circumstances including the need for affordable housing, meeting any unmet housing needs from neighbouring authorities, and constraints to development.
Local housing need (LHN)
This is the minimum number of homes needed in an area, calculated by using the Government’s ‘Standard Methodology’.
This is a statutory plan for a district, county or unitary area that sets out the long-term spatial vision and development framework for the area and strategic policies and proposals to deliver that vision.
Local planning authority
This is the public authority whose duty it is to carry out specific planning functions for an area. Local planning authorities include district council, London borough council, county council, Broads Authority, National Park Authority, the Mayor of London and a development corporation.
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF or The Framework)
This sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied at a local level. The NPPF is a material consideration when deciding on planning applications or appeals.
Neighbourhood development plan
This is a plan prepared by a town, parish council or neighbourhood forum for a particular neighbourhood area (made under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004).
Objectively assessed need
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires local planning authorities to identify the objectively assessed need for housing in their areas, and that Local Plans translate those needs into land provision targets.
Presumption in favour of sustainable development
This is specifically set out at paragraph 11 of the NPPF:
For plan-making this means that plans should positively seek opportunities to meet the development needs of their area and be sufficiently flexible to adapt to rapid change.
For decision-taking this means strategic policies should, as a minimum, provide for objectively assessed needs for housing and other uses, as well as any needs that cannot be met within neighbouring areas.
Approving development proposals that accord with an up-to-date development plan without delay.
Where there are no relevant development plan policies, or the policies which are most important for determining the application are out-of-date, granting permission.
This includes, for applications involving the provision of housing, situations where the local planning authority cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites.
Previously developed land
Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure. This excludes; land that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings; land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures; land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments; and land that was previously developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time.
The standard method uses a formula to identify the minimum number of homes expected to be planned for, in a way which addresses projected household growth and historic under-supply.
The standard method set out below identifies a minimum annual housing need figure. It does not produce a housing requirement figure.
Local Plan preparation stages
Preparation of a Local Plan – this is the informal consultation stage of a Local Plan, often referred to as ‘scoping’ or ‘issues and options’.
Publication of a Local Plan – this is the formal consultation stage of a Local Plan, where the ‘soundness’ of the plan must be considered.
Submission of documents and information to the Secretary of State for examination – this stage occurs after the Local Plan has been through public consultation. A public statement or press release is often made at this stage.
Independent examination – this is the final stage of considering the Local Plan in public before it is adopted by the relevant council. The examination is conducted by an inspector at discussion sessions. To take part in the examination, third parties must have submitted comments at Reg. 19.
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North Yorkshire moors
YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK
*From 1st April 2023, the seven local councils in North Yorkshire were reorganised to form one council across the whole of the county, covering a population of approximately 618,000. North Yorkshire County Council and the district and borough councils of Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby now form one single unitary authority.
Northumberland National Park
LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK
*From 1st April 2023, the six district councils and Cumbria County Council were reorganised to form two new unitary authorities. Cumberland Council now comprises of the area formerly covered by Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland districts; and Westmorland and Furness Council now comprises of the area formerly covered by Barrow-in-Furness, Eden and South Lakeland districts.
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The Town and Country Planning (Local Development Plan) (Wales) Regulations 2015. Local Plan preparation stages:
Regulation 14 - Issues and Options
Regulations 15 and 16 - Preferred Strategy & Pre-deposit Consultation
Regulations 17 - Deposit Local Development Plan
Regulation 19 - Final Draft Local Plan
Regulation 22 - Submission of the LDP to National Assembly for Examination
Regulation 23 - Independent Examination in Public (Regulation 23)
Regulation 24 - Inspector’s Report
Regulation 24 and 25 – Adoption
Regulation 37 - Annual Monitoring and Review
On 26 March 2020, the Minister for Housing and Local Government revoked Technical Advice Note 1 (TAN1: Joint Housing Land Availability Studies) and replaced the Five-Year Housing Land Supply section of Planning Policy Wales with a new method based on trajectories set out in Local Development Plans (LDPs).
The Housing Supply in Wales has been ordered into three categories:
/ Higher supply than the trajectory
/ Level supply to the trajectory
/ Lower supply than the trajectory
Whilst, the requirement for decision makers to afford ‘substantial weight’ to the lack of housing delivery has been removed from Planning Policy Wales, and Welsh Government is refocussing on a plan-led approach to the delivery of homes, the need for new homes, and the performance of individual planning authorities will be a consideration with ‘speculative’ applications for residential development and ultimately appeals.