Local Plan Watch: West Sussex plan approved despite housing shortfall

News that an inspector has found a West Sussex council's local plan sound despite the document providing for just over half of the district's objectively assessed housing need features in the latest Local Plan Watch round-up.

South Downs: significant constraint to development
South Downs: significant constraint to development

In a report published last week, inspector David Hogger found Adur District Council’s local plan sound, provided that a number of main modifications are made to it.

The document set out a housing requirement of 3,718 homes up to 2032, against an objectively assessed housing need of 6,825.

The inspector’s report said that, while the housing requirement represents a shortfall of more than 3,100 homes when measured against need, the council’s approach is "justified and in all other respects sound".

The inspector noted that "there are a number of significant constraints to development within the broader area".

"Much of the coastal fringe (large parts of which are at risk of flooding) is already built-up and to the north sits the South Downs National Park - the availability of suitable sites for development is therefore very constrained," the report said.

Other local plan news:

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has declined a backbench Tory MP's request to issue a Kent authority with a holding direction preventing it from adopting its local plan. More.

Slough Borough Council has published a "high level spatial plan" to illustrate how a proposed 10,000-home "garden suburb" could be delivered, despite the proposed site for the scheme lying within the boundaries of a neighbouring council, which strongly opposes the plan. The document says that the proposed urban extension would lie within the South Bucks District Council planning authority area, meaning that any review of the green belt or development in the location could only be implemented through the emerging joint Chiltern District Council and South Bucks local plan. However, the report says that "South Bucks and Chiltern district councils are not supportive of the proposals". More.

London and the South East will get nowhere near meeting their housing needs unless there is a 'more mature' debate on the green belt, the chairman of the government's Local Plans Expert Group (LPEG) told the Planning for Housing Conference. More.

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