Decision details

South Kesteven Annual Position Statement

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Submission of the Annual Position Statement to the Planning Inspectorate with the purpose of fixing the district’s 5-year housing land supply.

Decision:

To approve the Annual Position Statement and accompanying engagement statement for submission to the Planning Inspectorate by the deadline of 31 July 2020.

Reasons for the decision:

National Planning Policy Guidance on Housing Supply and Delivery, produced by the Ministry of Communities Homes and Local Government in 2019, enables Councils with recently adopted Local Plans to formally confirm/fix their 5 year housing land supply for 1 year by submitting an Annual Position Statement (APS) to the Planning Inspectorate.  The APS must be submitted to the Planning inspectorate for review by 31 July 2020.

 

The South Kesteven Local Plan was adopted on 30th January 2020 and as such is deemed recently adopted until 31 October 2021.

 

The Annual Position Statement and accompanying Engagement Statement has been prepared and published for consultation with landowners, developers and stakeholders. 

 

Two rounds of consultation have been undertaken whilst preparing the APS.  The first sought deliverability information from the development industry and achieved a good response rate of 68%.  The second round of consultation on the draft APS included the development industry and stakeholders.  The APS consultation was also published on a dedicated APS webpage on the Council’s website enabling any interested party to respond, including the public.  The Council received 19 responses of which 17 were positive. Two responses were received querying the 5 year housing land supply which the Council will rebut through the final APS.

 

The Government’s Planning Advisory Service has worked closely with the Council; providing advice, support and constructive comments on the APS which the Council has taken into account.

 

The South Kesteven Annual Position Statement demonstrates a 5 year housing land supply of 5.50 years.

 

In consultation with the development industry, the potential impacts of Covid-19 have been considered.

 

Submission of the APS to the Planning Inspectorate is the preferred option because:

-       The APS demonstrates a 5 year housing land supply of 5.5 years;

-       The APS is based on advice and feedback from the Government’s Planning Advisory Service;

-       If approved by PINS, South Kesteven’s 5 year housing land supply will be fixed for 1 year;

-       If the APS is simply published on the Council’s website (option B) but not submitted to PINS and approved, the Council’s 5 year housing land supply will be subject to costly resource heavy planning appeals;

-       If the 2020 APS is approved by PINS, the Council will be eligible to submit an APS in 2021, and fix its 5 year housing land supply for another year.  If an APS is not submitted this year, the Council will not be eligible to submit APSs or fix its 5 year housing land supply in subsequent years.

Alternative options considered:

Option A: To submit the final APS to the Planning Inspectorate by the government-imposed deadline of 31 July 2020.

 

Option B: To not submit the APS by the government-imposed deadline but to publish as the Council’s 5 Year Housing Land Supply Statement (a regulatory requirement).

Resource Implications:

There are no direct financial implications arising from this report.  If the APS is submitted and approved by the Planning Inspectorate, the Council’s 5 Year Housing Land Supply will be fixed for 1 year.  The Council’s Housing Land Supply will not therefore be exposed to potential costly Planning Appeals.

Urgent item?: Yes

Publication date: 31/07/2020

Date of decision: 31/07/2020

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