Detailed Policies

Housing context

The housing allocations set out in this in this Plan are identified to deliver the Core Strategy requirement of 20,895 dwellings to be built over the period 2006 to 2026.

Over the period April 2006 to April 2015 7,426 dwellings have been built leaving a residual requirement of 13,559 dwellings to be identified to 2026. This residual requirement is made up of the following:

  • strategic housing allocations at Weston Villages, Weston-super-Mare (6,500 dwellings)
  • proposed new allocations, unimplemented housing allocations carried forward from the North Somerset Replacement Local Plan and large unimplemented housing sites (12,026 dwellings - including Weston Villages)
  • other large housing sites with unimplemented planning permissions (225 dwellings)
  • small sites with consent (373 dwellings)
  • a windfall[1] allowance over the period 2015 – 2026 (1200 dwellings)

Table 1 below sets out the broad distribution of the residual requirement. The distribution reflects the North Somerset Core Strategy spatial strategy. This approach, subject to detailed planning constraints and key sustainable development principles focuses the majority of new development at Weston-super-Mare, followed by the towns of Clevedon, Nailsea and Portishead and then the nine service villages. Only very limited development is proposed at the infill villages and within the countryside.

Table 1: Housing requirement

 

Completions 2006-2015

Proposed allocations and large sites with planning consent

Other large sites with consent (not proposed to be allocated)

Small sites with consent

Windfall allowance (based on past rates)

Total commitments

Weston urban area

2,758

2914

104

121

627

6524

Weston Villages

372

6,128

0

0

0

6,500

Clevedon

288

234

20

31

134

707

Nailsea

123

865

15

26

51

1080

Portishead

2,746

409

38

46

64

3,303

Service villages

675

1,233

17

54

139

2,118

Remainder of North Somerset

464

243

31

95

185

1,018

Total

7,426

12,026

225

373

1200

21,250

 

[1]Windfall Sites are sites  which have not been specifically identified as available but based on past building rates will come forward over the remainder of the plan period.

Notes

  • Proposed allocations column includes ALL sites now proposed for allocation for residential – previously allocated sites rolled forward, sites proposed for allocation in the earlier consultation draft, sites with consent considered suitable for allocation and new sites not previously identified.
  • Other large sites with consent not proposed to be allocated includes those sites that are expected to be built out before public consultation of the document and those with a permitted development change of use consent that would otherwise be contrary to policy.
  • Windfall allowance based on past rates is a trend based forecast of small site windfall completions between 2006-2015 rolled forward to the end of the plan period. This is apportioned by area based on previous delivery, with current small site consents deducted to avoid double counting.

The Site Allocations Plan identifies the proposed allocations needed to deliver the Core Strategy housing requirement. This will require sufficient deliverable sites to deliver the quantum of housing required over the plan period, including sites to support the five year supply position.