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Representation 2358 on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) by Fressingfield Parish Council (Mr Alexander Day)

Support / Object: SUPPORT
Document Link: BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - HOUSING, Housing Requirement, Q7
Representation: In principal the Parish Council agrees with HR1 however there needs to be greater detail to feel confident in the Consultation documents assertions.

HMA - if an adjacent Council fails to meet its target then MSDC could provide additional houses to assist that under delivering Council. Given that MSDC seems to be well ahead of its projections there should be very real concerns that the minimum planned may rise sharply to allow for slippage of adjacent councils.

Also likely to be additional houses built through 'windfall' development not been accounted for in the plans

Original submission

In principal the Parish Council agrees with HR1 however there needs to be greater detail to feel confident in the Consultation documents assertions. HR1 has arrived at an Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing over the period 2014 - 2036 of 9,951 equating to 452 houses per year. According to page 20, section 'Supply' the document reports that '...the Councils would not expect there to be a shortage of potential supply (of land) to meet the OAN'. There are also likely to be additional houses built through the 'windfall' development which has not been accounted for in the plans and so can be expected to be additional. The number of houses already built, being built or with resolution to grant subject to S106 as of 1.4.17 total 4130 (see table at top page 20) which would seemingly reduce the total to 5820 houses to be built in the period to 2036. This would greatly reduce the build numbers per year to arrive at the total headlined by the document, even before taking into account the windfall developments.
The Consultation document proposes'....if one authority in an HMA (Housing Market Area) cannot meet its need, for genuine planning reasons, other authorities in the HMA need to consider whether they could help meet it.' (page 19 para 2). This sentence suggests that if an adjacent Council fails to meet its planning target then MSDC could provide additional houses over and above its projected numbers to assist that under delivering Council. Given that MSDC seems to be well ahead of its projections described above there should be very real concerns that the 9951 is the minimum number of houses planned for and that estimate may rise sharply to allow for slippage of adjacent councils. It would be helpful to see greater detail as to how the transfer of over production from one council in the HMA to another council that is under delivering will be calculated.
The housing requirements need to also take into account the steady supply of Affordable housing estimated at 97 per year and, if spread over the next 18 years, will total 1946. This seems to be a very ambitious target but something that MSDC really must see as a priority. Any economic growth and subsequent associated increase in young first time buyers moving in to the predominantly rural region covered by MSDC will need to be accommodated by this affordable housing.


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