Housing - Other Housing Documents
Interim Position Statement (Aug 2019) - Clarification on the application of Core Strategy Policy 10 (affordable housing)
In recent years the Government has been keen to incentivise house building, particularly for small sites. Changes have been made to national planning policy to introduce the Vacant Building Credit and to amend the threshold for developer contributions. These changes are now a material planning consideration. A report (linked below) provides the background to these changes and sets out an approach that clarifies the policy position for the Borough, at least for the interim whilst a new Local Plan for Worthing is being prepared.
You can read the position statement and report to planning committee below:
- Interim Position Statement - August 2019 - Clarification of Worthing Core Strategy Policy 10 (affordable housing) (263KB)
- Affordable Housing & the impact of changes made to national planning guidance - Worthing Planning Committee (24-08-2019) (221KB)
Changes to the planning system at the national level have had a significant impact on how local authorities need to plan for housing. The paper linked below explains these changes and the implications for Worthing. Linked to much of the housing evidence summarised below, it provides a brief summary of the previous system, the requirements of the new system and how this is likely to influence future plan making in Worthing.
For a number of years Local Planning Authorities have been required to identify and ensure that there is a continuous five-year supply of deliverable sites for housing development. The National Planning Policy Framework retains this requirement.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has produced guidance on how to demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites. This guidance has been used to inform the assessments that have been undertaken by Worthing Borough Council. Since 2011/2012 the assessments have been incorporated within the respective Worthing Council's Annual Monitoring Report.
The Financial Viability of Affordable Housing report studies the potential impact of revised, planning-led affordable housing policy on development viability across the County.
This study considers the implications of potential affordable housing policy options on site viability:
- Study of Economic Viability of Affordable Housing - Executive Summary (409KB)
- Study of Economic Viability of Affordable Housing Options - Final Report (1,578KB)
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