Hull adopts local plan with housing target above objectively assessed need

Hull City Council last week adopted a local plan seeking to provide for almost 12,000 new homes in the city up to 2032, more than its objectively assessed housing need.

Hull: local plan adopted (pic: Ralph via Flickr)
Hull: local plan adopted (pic: Ralph via Flickr)

The plan, which was adopted by the full city council last Thursday, sets a housing number which exceeds the city’s objectively assessed housing need of 9,920 homes over the next 15 years.

The housing need figure for the city also provides for an element of unmet housing need from the surrounding East Riding of Yorkshire, after the authorities worked together on a strategic planning approach to housing provision.

Inspector William Fieldhouse’s report on the plan, published in October, found that the plan was sound, subject to a number of modifications.

Fieldhouse said in his report that the identified housing supply is "significantly above the housing requirement" and that this would "provide an appropriate degree of flexibility to take account of some sites potentially not coming forward due to viability or other reasons".

"The plan identifies an adequate supply of housing land and contains sound policies to ensure that it will be effective in meeting housing requirements in a timely manner throughout the period between 2016 and 2032," Fieldhouse concluded.

The plan also includes a policy seeking to prevent new hot food takeaway uses being established within 400 metres of secondary schools, sixth form colleges or playing fields.

Endorsing the policy, Fieldhouse said: "While not all food served by hot food takeaways is unhealthy, such an approach is likely to help deliver the council’s objective of improving the health of local residents."

"The local plan provides a clear delivery framework for the physical development of our city," said Martin Mancey, the council’s portfolio holder for economic investment, regeneration and planning.

"It ensures that retail, leisure and commercial development meets the current and future needs in Hull and, following on from the recent investment in city centre facilities and public realm, reflects increasing inward migration and the opportunity we now have to maximise economic growth and job creation."


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