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Housing supply (Adur)

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Adur Housing Implementation Strategy 2016

This Housing Implementation Strategy has been prepared to support the Adur Local Plan 2011-2032, in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (paragraph 47).

It sets out the Council's proposed approach to managing the delivery of housing over the Local Plan period 2011-2032 in order to support the housing delivery target of 3718 dwellings.

The document includes the housing trajectory, identifies the sources of housing supply for the Plan period and the five year housing land supply position as at 1st April 2016 for housing completions and commitments and the position at 31st October 2016 for the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment.

As the Adur Local Plan will be examined for its soundness by an independent Inspector, commencing 31st January 2017 this document was produced to provide the most up to date position with a base date of 31st October 2016.

The document can be viewed below:

Representations received on this update are summarised here:

The full representations can also be viewed below:

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Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)

What is a SHLAA?

Government guidance set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires all Councils to assess the amount of land available for housing development and publish the results in the form of a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA).

The primary role of the Assessment is to:

  • Identify sites with the potential for housing
  • Assess their housing potential
  • Assess when they are likely to be developed

the completed study forms part of the evidence base for Local Development Framework preparation and also the starting point for an annual monitoring of housing land availability.

A site's inclusion in the Assessment does not imply that it will be made available for housing. The SHLAA is a technical study and not a policy document. Its purpose is to identify possible housing sites and assess overall housing potential. Decisions on which sites should be brought forward for development will be determined through the Local Development Framework process.

The SHLAA will be updated annually in December as part of the Council's Annual Monitoring Report. If you wish to submit a site to be considered for the next SHLAA update, please complete the Sites Assessment form below and return it (to the address on the form) by 1st April.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Methodology

The methodology used to prepare the SHLAA 2014 was based on the governments SHLAA Practice Guidance 2007 which was the most up to date guidance at the time this review commenced. Consultation on this methodology was undertaken in May/June 2013.

The Government has now published guidance on housing and economic land availability assessments within national Planning Practice Guidance (2014). whilst the guidance has reduced the number of stages for the study from ten to five, the main requirements remain consistent and the key principles used in the Council's methodology still apply and no significant changes have been made to the methodology used. However, for reporting purposes, the SHLAA sets out its findings using the five stages in the PPG. The methodology can be viewed below:

Consultation on Updated Methodology and Call for Sites 2020

The NPPF and National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) were both updated in 2019 and reiterate the requirement for local authorities to produce a SHLAA. Whilst the Council is confident that the current approach to the SHLAA Assessment is robust and relevant, it is considered appropriate to amend the SHLAA methodology to reflect the five stages as set out in the most recent government guidance.

Therefore, the Council is consulting on this updated methodology which reflects the most up to date guidance. The methodology has been jointly prepared by both Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils and sets out the main stages of the Assessment that will be undertaken.

Please return any comments you may have on the updated methodology by Friday 20th March 2020.

Call for Sites

The Council is taking this opportunity to undertake a 'Call for Sites'. As such, landowners, developers, agents and other stakeholders with knowledge and interests in the area are now being asked to either put forward opportunities for assessment or provide any updated information on existing SHLAA sites. New sites must be capable of accommodating 5 or more dwellings (net).

Please could you provide any updates to existing sites or completed Site Assessment Form(s) for new sites by 31st March 2020 using the form below:

Adur Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Update 2019

The SHLAA will be updated annually in December as part of the Councils Annual Monitoring Report. The SHLAA 2019 Update can be viewed below:

Adur Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Update 2018

The SHLAA will be updated annually in December as part of the Councils Annual Monitoring Report. The SHLAA 2018 Update can be viewed below:

Adur Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Update 2017

The SHLAA will be updated annually in December as part of the Councils Annual Monitoring Report. The SHLAA 2017 Update can be viewed below:

Adur Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Update 2016

The SHLAA will be updated annually in December (with a 1st April base date) as part of the Council's Annual Monitoring Report.

However, the Adur Local Plan will be examined for its soundness by an independent Inspector, commencing 31st January 2017. In order to provide the most up to date position on all SHLAA sites, the Adur SHLAA 2016 Update has a base date of 31st October 2016. This document can be viewed below:

Representations received on this update are summarised here:

The full representations can also be viewed below:

Adur SHLAA 2015 Update

The SHLAA will be updated annually in December as part of the Councils Annual Monitoring Report. The SHLAA 2015 Update can be viewed below:

Adur Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment 2014

Following changes to the planning system at national level, a full review of the Adur SHLAA 2009 has been published which can be downloaded below.
Its purpose is to provide an assessment of potential housing land within Adur to ensure that sufficient, suitable land is identified to meet the housing needs of the Adur.

The SHLAA is an important technical piece of evidence and has helped inform the housing distribution and strategic housing allocations in the Proposed Submission Adur Local Plan 2014.

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Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Update 2012

As part of the evidence base for the Emerging Draft Local Plan, an update was provided to reflect current circumstances on sites and to add any new sites the Council had been made aware of since the publication of the SHLAA.  This update can be viewed at the following within the Background Evidence Document.

This should be read alongside the published SHLAA 2009 (below), which forms part of the background evidence to the Draft Adur Local Plan.

Adur Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) 2009

Note: This has been superseded by, but should be read alongside, the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Update 2012 above.

Adur District Council has completed a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) as required by Government guidance previously set out in Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing and now the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) which has replaced PPS3. It is a key source of evidence which will inform the Local Development Framework (LDF) and will also be the starting point for the annual monitoring of housing land availability in the district.

The role of the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment is to identify sites with potential for housing development, assess their housing potential and estimate when they are likely to be developed. The document is an important evidence source to inform plan making, but Government guidance is very clear that the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, in itself, does not determine whether a site should be allocated for housing development.

Adur District Council has undertaken Stages 1-6 set out in the Practice Guidance, including site surveys and identifying potential site yields. Consultants (Baker Associates) were appointed to undertake Stage 7 of the Guidance - assessing when and whether sites are likely to be developed. The Council then assessed the overall housing potential and supply as set out in Stages 8-10 of the Practice Guidance.

For further information about the SHLAA please contact the Planning Policy team.

SHLAA Reports and Documents

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Adur District Five Year Housing Land Supply Assessment

Five Year Housing Land Supply calculation following publication of the Housing Delivery Test results in February 2020.   

The revised National Planning Policy Framework (2019) introduced the Housing Delivery Test against which housing delivery will now be measured. The Housing Delivery Test measures housing delivery over the last three years (2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19) against the adopted housing requirement for the same period. There are transition arrangements in place for the period up to November 2020:

  • 85%-95% delivery – an Action Plan is to be created to assess the causes of under delivery and how to increase it
  • 25% - 85% delivery – a 20% buffer of additional land must be added
  • Under 25% delivery – the presumption in favour is engaged

The 2019 results were published by the Government on 13th February 2020 and apply from the date following their publication. Adur District Council has delivered 56% of its housing delivery target and has failed the test.

The Council has therefore updated its five year housing land supply calculation (also included within the Annual Monitoring Report published in December 2019) to include a 20% buffer.

The revised five year housing land supply calculation can be found here:

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SHLAA in the South Downs National Park

From the 1st of April 2013 the South Downs National Park Authority will directly receive all new SHLAA site submissions within its area.

The details on how to submit a SHLAA site within the South Downs National Park can be found by searching for SHLAA on the South Downs National Park Authority's website.

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