South Gloucestershire Local Plan: Policies, Sites and Places Plan - Regulation 18 Consultation (2015)

South Gloucestershire Local Plan: Policies, Sites and Places Plan - Regulation 18 Consultation (2015)

2. Five Year Housing Land Supply Shortfall - Charfield appeal decision

2.1 An appeal decision for residential development on a site at Charfield was granted permission in June 2015. The Inspector in allowing the appeal concluded that the council was unable to demonstrate a deliverable 5 year supply of housing. In accordance with government policy the inspector assessed the relative merits of the sustainability of Charfield and concluded that it was appropriate to grant planning permission. The council had at that time already begun consultation on the proposed submission version of the Policies, Sites and Places Plan, which took account of the community view that Charfield should not take additional growth.

2.2 Subsequently representations were made on the PSP Plan raising the five year supply as a material issue. The council has carefully considered the outcome of the appeal, the representations made and have prepared an updated analysis of the supply as detailed below. This concluded that additional housing allocations in the PSP Plan are necessary if the council is to safeguard its commitment to plan-led development.

2.3 An allocations plan, such as the PSP Plan should be consistent with national policy, which states that the council should be able to demonstrate a 5 year supply of deliverable housing land. Submitting a plan without being able to demonstrate 5 year housing land supply would mean that there is some risk to it being found unsound and therefore not capable of adoption. This would cause a delay in addressing the shortfall and also bringing forward updated development management policies.