Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Introduction How the housing requirement will be met: [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 9138657//1
Respondent Home Builders Federation Ltd (… [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 12 Dec 2018
Comment

 The identification of non-strategic growth (residential developments of less than 500 dwellings) of 1,000 dwellings in North Somerset in the West of England (WoE) Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) is based on an under-estimation of housing need. The HBF is supportive of the WoE JSP in providing a strategic planning policy framework for 2016 – 2036 in Bristol City, Bath & North East Somerset (BANES), North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. However as set out in HBF representations to previous WoE JSP consultations there is profound disagreement about the objectively assessed housing need (OAHN) calculation. It is considered that the OAHN for the WoE Housing Market Area (HMA) and individual authorities have been under-estimated. It is considered that the OAHN is greater than 102,200 dwellings (5,110 dwellings per annum) for the HMA and 25,000 dwellings (1,250 dwellings per annum) for North Somerset. This under-estimation arises from overly conservative approaches to improving housing affordability, low economic growth assumptions so the lack of housing itself could become a constraint on economic growth and no "policy on" adjustment to the housing requirement to help deliver affordable housing despite a significant identified affordable housing need. For comparative purposes only between 2016 – 2036 the Government’s proposed standardised methodology for the calculation of local housing need based on household projections and housing affordability excluding any uplift to support economic growth results in 116,500 dwellings (5,825 dwellings per annum) for the HMA and 26,160 dwellings (1,308 dwellings per annum) for North Somerset. The establishment of a housing requirement figure based on a correctly calculated OAHN is the fundamental starting point for the new North Somerset Local Plan. The Government’s objective of boosting the supply of homes remains (2018 NPPF para 59).

 

Summary
Under estimation of housing need
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