Agenda item

Draft Development Management Advice Note 1: Understanding Housing Need Draft Development Management Advice Note 2: Optimising Development Land

Decision:

Resolved that the Development Management Advice Note 1: Understanding Housing Need and Development Management Advice Note 2: Optimising Development Land be approved for publication on the Council’s Website.

Minutes:

(Link to Council Priorities: P1)

 

The Portfolio Holder for Planning Services considered a report that set out the details of a draft Development Management Advice Note 1: Understanding Housing Need and a draft Development Management Advice Note 2: Optimising Development Land.

 

The Portfolio Holder was advised that these two draft Development Management Advice Notes would form part of a series of Advice Notes being prepared to assist applicants, planning agents and developers, on key matters arising through the Local Plan preparation.

 

Whilst the Advice Notes did not introduce new policy or change existing policy, they did outline the expectations for new residential schemes coming forward and provided initial guidance on how new proposals could respond to local development needs.

 

With regard to the draft Development Management Advice Note 1: Understanding Housing Needs, the Portfolio Holder noted that this explained what the local housing need was and how the Council was approaching this matter in assessing planning applications.

 

In respect of the draft Development Management Advice Note 2: Optimising Development Land, the Portfolio Holder that this set out the Council’s approach to ensuring the limited development land within the Borough was optimised.

 

On consideration of the report, the Portfolio Holder reiterated the qualitative information from the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) which had identified the need for smaller homes (1 to 3 bedrooms) within the Borough.  In this regard, the Portfolio Holder asked whether there was any way the Council could instruct developers to build smaller units within developments in order to meet the SHMA requirements. The Deputy Planning Policy Manager advised that Core Strategy Policy CS19 set out the Council’s approach to securing a proportionate mix of housing types and sizes and this was also supported by Development Management Policy DM10 which required residential development on sites of 0.3 hectares or more to promote house types and sizes that met the most up to date local housing need whilst reflecting the character of the area.  Furthermore, the Deputy Planning Policy Manager advised that it was hoped to strengthen this approach through the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) so that this would apply to all sites regardless of their size.

 

The Portfolio Holder for Planning Services supported the two Advice Notes and accordingly

 

Resolved that the Development Management Advice Note 1: Understanding Housing Need and Development Management Advice Note 2: Optimising Development Land be approved for publication on the Council’s Website.

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