Planning Policy Housing

 

Arun 5 Year Housing Land Supply

The requirement to provide a 5 year housing land supply is set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) which states that local planning authorities should:

‘for market and affordable housing, illustrate the expected rate of housing delivery through a housing trajectory for the plan period and set out a housing implementation strategy for the full range of housing describing how they will maintain delivery of a five-year supply of housing land to meet their housing target’  (paragraph 47, 4th bullet point).

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 document PELVP22 located in the Primary Evidence Base Table.

 

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.
 
 

Assessment of Housing Development Needs 2014

This study provides an assessment of housing need to 2031. It revises the assessment of housing need in the "Housing Study (Duty to Cooperate) Report" (May 2013), taking account of existing evidence below (where relevant), alongside updated demographic projections, analysis of housing market indicators and market signals to address the requirements of the Planning Practice Guidance.
  • Arun Locally-Generated Needs Study (GL Hearn, May 2010)
  • Adur Locally-Generated Needs Study (GL Hearn, May 2011)
  • Lewes Local Housing Needs Assessment (NLP, April 2011)
  • Brighton & Hove Housing Requirements Study (GL Hearn, June 2011)
  • Chichester Local Housing Requirements Study (DTZ, July 2011)
  • Brighton & Hove Housing Requirements Study Update (GL Hearn, November 2012)
  • Coastal West Sussex SHMA Update (GL Hearn, November 2012)
  • Brighton & Hove Affordable Housing Needs Assessment (GL Hearn, December 2012)
  • Updated Demographic Projections for Sussex Coast HMA Authorities (GL Hearn, October 2013)
  • Assessment of Housing Development Needs Study - Sussex Coast HMA 2014. This is document PELVP02 located in the Primary Evidence Base Table.
 

Report of findings: Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Validation 2013

The Coastal West Sussex sub-regional Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Validation Report (This is document PELVP03 located in the Primary Evidence Base Table) was prepared by GL Hearn and published in November 2012. The SHMA forms an important part of the Local Plan evidence base for the overall housing requirement for Arun District; but the study created considerable concerns amongst local communities and stakeholders. Opinion Research Services (ORS) was commissioned by Arun District Council to undertake a validation of the SHMA. Whilst the validation study considered the data used in the SHMA and the methodology applied, an important part of the work was to consider the concerns raised and to afford local people an opportunity to express their views, and to query the data and assumptions used to generate the housing requirements. The validation study concluded that the SHMA methodology and the data sources used were in line with Government recommendations, although the data sources were updated by ONS and CLG after the SHMA was published. The Coastal West Sussex Partnership authorities commissioned further analysis to consider the new data, and it has only had a moderate impact on the SHMA conclusions for Arun district.The SHMA reports have taken into account key changes in both population (including migration as well as natural change) and household projections in a relatively robust manner, and the assessed level of housing required for Arun District does not appear excessive. Further, the requirements produced would appear to be compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (2012). Nevertheless, ORS recognises that the SHMA as is stands perhaps lacks transparency in certain places and possibly this has contributed to the concerns of local people. 

 

Visioning studies 2013

The Visioning Study - Angmering (This is document PELVP07 located in the Primary Evidence Base Table) and Visioning Study - Barnham Eastergate Westergate (This is document PELVP08 located in the Primary Evidence Base Table) 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.
 
 

Duty to cooperate 

The Housing Duty to Cooperate - Executive Summary.pdf [pdf] 3MB and Housing Study (Duty to Cooperate) Sussex Coast HMA 2013 (This is document PELVP03A located in the Primary Evidence Base Table) have been commissioned by the local authorities of Adur, Arun, Brighton and Hove, Chichester, Lewes and Worthing which fall within the Sussex Coast Housing Market Area (HMA) together with the South Downs National Park Authority. It pulls together evidence from a range of studies to provide a consistent and objective assessment of housing requirements in each authority and across the HMA, addressing the need and demand for market and affordable housing. The study also assesses residential land supply and capacity in each area including environmental, landscape and infrastructure constraints to consider the balance between potential supply and demand, to quantify and consider the implications of a potential shortfall in housing provision across the HMA against assessed needs, and how this might be addressed. The Study has included a robust testing process which has examined the potential for additional development in the HMA including provision to meet unmet requirements from adjoining authorities. The study has been prepared in view of the duty to cooperate introduced in the 2011 Localism Act. This requires local authorities and other bodies to engage constructively, actively and on an on-going basis in the preparation of development plans and associated activities such as the evidence base which underpins these. This is a legal duty. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) also outlines that authorities will be expected to demonstrate that they have effectively cooperated to plan for issues with cross-boundary impacts when their plans are submitted for examination. This is one of the soundness tests against which plans are assessed, with plans expected to make provision for meeting unmet development and infrastructure requirements from adjoining authorities where it is reasonable to do so and consistent with achieving sustainable development. Cooperation is intended to be a continuous process of engagement through the development and delivery of development plans.
 
 

Demographic projections

The Demographic Projections Report (August).pdf [pdf] 3MB (This is document PELVP11 located in the Primary Evidence Base Table) and  Demographic Projections Report (March).pdf [pdf] 2MB  reports provided an update to the demographic projections set out in the 2012 Coastal West Sussex Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Update, which GL Hearn and Justin Gardner Consulting prepared by Arun District Council, Adur District Council, Chichester District Council, Worthing Borough Council, and the South Downs National Park Authority. The SHMA Update included projections for local authorities across the Sussex Coast Housing Market which includes the authorities within Coastal West Sussex together with Brighton and Hove and Lewes Districts. The demographic model and methodology used to prepare the projections is consistent to that which underpinned the projections in the SHMA Update and with that used in the 2010 Arun Locally-Generated Needs Study. The updated demographic modelling takes account of further information available, specifically information from the 2011 Census regarding the size and structure of the District’s population, the number of households and how households of different ages occupy homes; and the 2011-based Interim Sub-National Population Projections (SNPP) published by ONS. The report has sought to replicate the projections developed within the SHMA Update for consistency purposes and to allow comparison between the outputs.
 
 

Housing requirements 2013

Arun DC instructed Turley Associates and Edge Analytics on the 11th April to provide a short Review of Housing Requirement Evidence (This is document SELVP117 located in the Secondary Evidence Base Table) of the existing assembled evidence base examining future housing requirements in the authority. As part of this review reference has been made to the central observations set out within the ‘Members Critique of the 2012 SHMA’ paper. This exercise includes a review of the methodology applied in the generation of population and household projections and the generation of alternative scenarios of growth. New datasets available as of 30th April 2013 have been considered within this review. In addition potential areas where alternative assumptions could be considered have been identified as well as the consideration of factors which are likely to have impacted on historic population and household trends. This review is not intended to provide a recommendation as to an appropriate housing requirement figure for the authority or to replace any of the existing evidence base documents. Independent household and population projections have been run for illustrative purposes only and should not be used or referenced as alternative projections of demand for housing in the authority. The analysis has focussed solely on the projections of long term demand for new housing and not the calculation of affordable housing need or other components of the SHMA. No conclusions are reached regarding the modelling outputs for any of the other authorities included within the evidence base documents.
 
 

Strategic housing land availability assessment in the South Downs National Park 2013

The South Downs National Park Authority directly receive all new SHLAA site submissions within its areas.
 
 

Coastal West Sussex Strategic Housing Market Assessment 

Arun District Council, together with the local authorities of Adur, Chichester, Worthing (which together comprise the Coastal West Sussex Sub-Region) along with the South Downs National Park Authority, commissioned consultants, GL Hearn Ltd, to undertake an update to the Coastal West Sussex Strategic Housing Market Assessment Update Arun Summary 2012 (This is document PELVP05 located in the Primary Evidence Base Table). The SHMA which forms part of the evidence base for Local Plans provides an assessment of needs for all types of housing, taking account of demographic projections and the needs of different groups in the community, as well as housing demand and the level of housing supply necessary to meet this demand. In addition, the consultants prepared individual summary reports for each of the West Sussex districts. Coastal West Sussex SHMA Update (This is document PELVP06 located in the Primary Evidence Base Table).
 

Strategic housing land availability assessment 2012

An update to the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2009 has been undertaken by Peter Brett Associates, on behalf of the Council. The 2009 study included sites promoted by developers, landowners, key organisations and members of the public in response to a ‘Call for Sites’ undertaken by the Council in February/ March 2008. The update does not consider additional sites to those detailed in the 2009 report. This update forms one of the key pieces of evidence for the Local Development Framework evidence base in terms of assessing future housing potential and will inform the emerging Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Development Plans.  The methodology used follows the stages for SHLAA preparation set out in central Government guidelines. The accompanying detailed reports represent an independent evaluation of all potential sites in terms of their suitability, availability and achievability for housing development. They represent the views of Peter Brett Associates and do not constitute Arun District Council policy, although they form part of the evidence base used in preparing the emerging Local Plan and Neighbourhood Development Plans. The inclusion of any site in this report does not commit the Council to allocate any particular parcel of land for a particular use, nor approve any application for development.
Introduction and Methodology - available under Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment on the Extra Documentation page)
Broad Locations and Windfall - available under Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment on the Extra Documentation page)
Housing Market Assessment Identifying Deliverable and Developable Sites - available under Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment on the Extra Documentation page)
Housing Land Supply - available under Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment on the Extra Documentation page)