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 20338913//47
Respondent Aston [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

North Somerset Residential Land Survey April 2018 Headline Findings

Average annual completions over the 37 year data period is 892 dwellings per annum (dpa) and Peak completions of 1,464 dpa was achieved in 2007/08.

To suggest that on this evidence over the last 8 years an average annual development rate of 1,634 dpa will be achieved is unrealistic.

During the examination of the extant site allocations plan, the subject of persistent under delivery of new housing against target was debated and as a consequence the Inspector sought to increase the identification of land for housing by 2,500 units. This was not accomplished and needs to be addressed to correct a persistent undersupply within North Somerset.

In the light of the updated GPDO (2015), more positive support for the conversion of rural buildings to alternative uses, including residential, should be included in the new replacement plan policy to encourage housing being brought forward from this supply source.

The annual supply of housing for the last 8 years of the plan is predicted at 1,634 completions per year (page 2, last para), the 5-year supply requirement with 20% buffer is 1,950 dpa. NSC needs to focus on identifying smaller sites adjacent to the larger settlement boundaries that can be brought forward swiftly to meet demand. Portishead will soon benefit from investment in improvements in highway connectivity to Junction 19 and the Metro West rail link to Bristol. The land at Black Rock (SHLAA Ref: HE18124) has confirmed infrastructure capacity available.

Collectively, such sites could bring forward significant housing supply without the long lead times of projects such as the garden villages and with far less environmental effects. That would provide sustainable housing delivery.

NSC predicts an existing 4.5 year housing supply (page 9). Additional land needs to be identified and allocated to help address the housing crisis and a significant period of undersupply. The dismissal of so many land parcels at the outset of the review process does not meet national guidance and will not achieve the optimum outcome.

The emerging housing requirement data on page 10 is used to predict a 5.2 year supply based on the emerging JSP requirement. From the evidence provided by Industry during the examination of the extant Site Allocations Plan in 2017, that figure is likely to be disputed and is not agreed.

Summary
The emerging housing requirement data on page 10 of the Residential Land Survey evidence base paper is used to predict a 5.2 year supply based on the emerging JSP requirement. From the evidence provided by Industry during the examination of the extant Site Allocations Plan in 2017, that figure is likely to be disputed and is not agreed.
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