Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and Economic Land Availability Assessment (ELAA) - Maximising Supply
The Senior Planning Officers (Policy) presented a report which updated Members on progress with the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and the Economic Land Availability Assessment (ELAA).
A call for sites had run from September to November 2015 and approximately 250 sites had been submitted across the District, with 30 more since the deadline which had yet to be assessed and there was no guarantee that sites submitted after the deadline would appear in the forthcoming iteration of the SHLAA and/or ELAA.
Members noted a paper which was tabled indicating that since the publication of papers on 13 June, the following sites had been withdrawn: H095 – land fronting The Street and Horton Road, Horton Kirby; H098 – land west of Great Til Close, Otford; and H0111 – land at The Log Shed, Camp Hill, Chiddingstone Causeway.
Officers were inviting comments on the accuracy of the information set out in the site appraisals in order to ensure they were robust. It was reiterated that comments on the suitability of the sites were not being invited at this stage. These were purely factual summaries and was an open process with lots of opportunity to comment on the accuracy of site information using the email address provided (firstname.lastname@example.org ). Members clarified the kind of things the Officers were looking for such as: infrastructure; localised flooding; unofficial parking; road capacity; sewerage; site names; and agreed to send in their comments.
In addition to the call for sites and as required by the Government’s Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), Officers had also explored other elements of supply in order to boost the supply of housing, and found: 18 existing housing and economic development allocation sites without detailed planning permission or with unimplemented planning permission; 31 sites that featured in the 2008/09 SHLAA that had not been resubmitted or gained planning permission since; 30 sites with planning applications that had been refused or withdrawn that could accommodate 5 or more units; and 430 properties currently on the Empty Properties Register, all to be re-appraised and included in the SHLAA or investigated further.
Given the very limited number of sites submitted within existing settlement boundaries, and the significant number of sites submitted subject to Green Belt and other constraints, it was apparent that there was a considerable gap between the identified unconstrained objectively assessed housing need and the supply of available land in the District. In order to gain further evidence that would enable officers to make recommendations on the suitability of the sites there would be a Green Belt Assessment and a separate Landscape Character and Capacity Study which would run in parallel and be reported in early 2017.
Officers referred to information contained within the report and responded to questions from members of the Committee, other Members and the public who the Chairman gave discretion to address the meeting.
The reason why the current Core Strategy could not be relied upon and was being revisited was explained by the Chief Planning Officer. He also explained why the process of calling for the sites first and then eliminating them with robust and sound evidence had been used in order to be as transparent and fair as possible and if necessary, able to evidence to an Inspector why the need could not be met. Anything put forward or dismissed by the Council could still be overturned by the Planning Inspectorate.
- 08 SHLAA report - maximising supply, item 10. PDF 55 KB
- Legend, item 10. PDF 111 KB
- 1 Ash and New Ash Green combined, item 10. PDF 3 MB
- 2 Brasted Chevening and Sundridge combined, item 10. PDF 26 MB
- 3 Cowden and Hever combined, item 10. PDF 874 KB
- 4 Crockenhill and Well Hill combined, item 10. PDF 5 MB
- 5 Dunton Green and Riverhead combined, item 10. PDF 6 MB
- 6 Edenbridge North and East combined, item 10. PDF 8 MB
- 7 Edenbridge South and West combined, item 10. PDF 4 MB
- 8 Eynsford combined, item 10. PDF 3 MB
- 9 Farningham Horton Kirby and South Darenth, item 10. PDF 5 MB
- 10 Fawkham and West Kingsdown combined, item 10. PDF 21 MB
- 11 Halstead Knockholt and Badgers Mount combined, item 10. PDF 12 MB
- 12 Hartley and Hodsoll Street combined, item 10. PDF 5 MB
- 13 Hextable combined, item 10. PDF 7 MB
- 14 Kemsing combined, item 10. PDF 11 MB
- 15 Leigh and Chiddingstone Causeway combined, item 10. PDF 5 MB
- 16 Otford and Shoreham combined, item 10. PDF 10 MB
- 17 Penshurst Fordcombe and Chiddingstone combined, item 10. PDF 7 MB
- 18 Seal and Weald combined, item 10. PDF 13 MB
- 19 Sevenoaks Eastern combined, item 10. PDF 1 MB
- 20 Sevenoaks Kippington combined, item 10. PDF 8 MB
- 21 Sevenoaks Northern combined, item 10. PDF 5 MB
- 22 Sevenoaks Town and St Johns combined, item 10. PDF 3 MB
- 23 Swanley Christchurch and Swanley Village combined, item 10. PDF 5 MB
- 24 Swanley St Marys combined, item 10. PDF 2 MB
- 25 Swanley White Oak combined, item 10. PDF 5 MB
- 26 Westerham and Crockham Hill combined, item 10. PDF 12 MB