Housing (planning policy)

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)

The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Employment and Economic Land Assessment (EELA) have been combined and digitised to create a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA). Arun District council has an open ‘call for sites’ policy. To find out more, please see our HELAA page.


Housing Implementation Strategy

Please see the housing land supply page for more information.

Arun’s position is set out in the Housing Implementation strategy which provides information in relation to housing land supply including the calculation of Arun District’s five-year housing supply position, taking into account the requirements of the NPPF and NPPG. The five-year supply is represented by the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2021. Additionally, it provides a statement of land supply for the Local Plan period to 2031 and presents the housing trajectory as required by the NPPF. This is Housing-Implementation-Strategy-March-2017 (with meeting notes).pdf [pdf] 1MB


Arun 5 Year Housing Land Supply

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires Local Planning Authorities to, 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.  It should identify a sufficient supply and mix of sites, taking into account their availability, suitability and likely economic viability. To maintain the supply and delivery Local Authorities should also include a trajectory illustrating the expected rate of housing delivery over the plan period.  All this information is contained in the Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) which is published annually - usually in December.

The revised NPPF brought into force the requirement for a Housing Delivery Test and certain triggers on Local Planning Authorities for action.  As a result the Council has agreed and published a Housing Delivery Test Action Plan, which can be viewed here: Arun District Council Housing Delivery Test – Action Plan [docx] 567KB. The Arun Housing Delivery Action Plan (HDAP) July 2021 is the second version of the Action Plan first published in June 2019 on the Council’s web site in response to the Housing Delivery Test (November 2018) result published for Arun in February 2019. The HDAP document therefore, only provides a progress update on two specific actions undertaken; the latest HDT result and 5-year housing land supply position based on the AMR 2019/20 - with specific text table and charts updated in certain sections. The main document is otherwise unaltered as the actions and content are to be monitored and updated on an ongoing basis.

Information relating to specific sites can either be found within the latest Authority Monitoring Report or HELAA.


Interim Housing Statement

On the 24 March 2021, the Council approved the Interim Housing Statement (January 2021).  The Interim Housing Statement [pdf] 398KB does not introduce new policy but aims to speed up decision making and invite suitable sized housing and placemaking applications on ‘deliverable’ sites in the right locations in Arun.  The Statement provides a ‘Red, Amber, Green’ tick-list tool looking at national and local polices to help applicants to identify and address some of the key matters which once addressed, may speed up the decision making process. However, applicants will need to follow due diligence in considering all national and local policies that may apply and which should be addressed.


Arun Interim Affordable Housing Policy to Accommodate First Homes Policy

Arun District Council must set out how it will accommodate this policy through an interim policy statement and publish it on the Council’s web site (until plan making resumes for the Local Plan update and the policy criteria can be viability tested).The interim policy statement below is recommended (Planning Policy Committee meeting 30 November 2021) to Full Council for approval on 25 January 2022 as set out in the excel link below, with examples, and specifies that: 33% of the affordable provision should be ‘Intermediate Housing’ (i.e 25% First Homes and 8% other Intermediate ownership products) and 67% rent. This methodology will also be applied should developers and providers request to include ‘First Homes’ in advance of the transitional arrangements outlined above, subject to viability evidence and negotiation on the dwelling mix implications on a case-by[1]case basis:-

That: delivery of the 30% affordable housing required by Local Plan Policy AH SP2 will be expected to comprise the following; 33% ‘Intermediate Housing’ (25% is ‘First Homes’ and 8% other Intermediate ownership products) and 67% rent as illustrated in the table with examples of different scales of development.  First homes.xlsx [xlsx] 12KB


Local Plan Housing Need and Housing Mix

The first point in preparation of a Local Plan is establishment of the housing need of an area and the nature or mix of housing that is most appropriate to the population for which it plans.  During the suspension of the Local Plan examination GL Hearn produced an Updated Housing Needs Evidence September 2016.pdf [pdf] 439KB report detailing the latest position, on which the adopted Local Plan was based.  This is therefore the primary point of evidence for these topics.   


Visioning studies 2013

The Visioning Study - Angmering Visioning Study - Angmering.pdf [pdf] 5MB and Visioning Study - Barnham Eastergate Westergate Visioning Study - Barnham Eastergate Westergate.pdf [pdf] 5MB have been prepared in partnership with Arun District Council and a number of the key landowners, to inform the Local Plan and sets out a vision and development principles for how this level of growth might be comprehensively planned and achieved at Angmering and the Barnham, Eastergate, Westergate site. These are strategic documents which are intended to broadly illustrate how and where the growth might be delivered, but acknowledges that further technical studies on viability will be necessary to support the more detailed master planning required for individual sites.


OAN Report 2015

The Objectively Assessed Needs (OAN) Hearing took place. This hearing session formed part of the Council’s outline timetable for the development of the Local Plan, as agreed by the Inspector. The purpose of the session was to provide an opportunity for the Inspector to lead discussion and hear views on the Council’s re-advertised OAN for market and affordable housing.

In respect of the OAN, the following supporting documents were published:

OAN Report 2015.pdf [pdf] 1MB
Arun District Objectively Assessed Need Summary Paper.pdf [pdf] 248KB

Local Plan Statutory Notice Sept 2015 [pdf] 213KB

The OAN representations can be viewed on the Objective Portal.


Other Housing Documents and links

Update to Publication Plan and Housing Implementation Strategy - Housing Land Supply Updated

Five year Housing Land Supply report

Strategic Development Sites

ADCED76 Additional Info - HELAA sites included in the HIS Trajectory.pdf [pdf] 43KB

ADCED77 Housing Land Supply per parish (data).pdf [pdf] 45KB

ADCED77a Housing Land Supply Per parish Summary.pdf [pdf] 42KB