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Meeting of the Executive held on 18/04/2006
Table 2: Managing Housing Supply - Issues and Options



APPENDIX 5
TABLE 2: MANAGING HOUSING SUPPLY – ISSUES AND OPTIONS

ISSUE
OPTIONS
ADVANTAGES
DISADVANTAGES
COMMENTS
1. Phasing housing supplya) Maintain current policy (Local Plan policy H2) which allows for the phasing of the release of large sites that are of a predominantly open nature, when the current land availability is the equivalent of at least 6-years supply based on the Structure Plan requirement.Phasing where necessary will allow better management of the release of land, to ensure a consistent supply of housing over plan period;
May encourage sites to come forward in more appropriate locations.
May prevent sites coming forward that could contribute affordable housing;
The existing phasing policy is limited in application. The phasing criteria only based on size and openness of the site. Does not address issues like sustainability or availability of infrastructure.
It will not be possible to determine the most suitable approach until the new Government policy is published in the forthcoming PPS3.
b) Develop new criteria for phasing, based on other factors, such as sustainability and the availability of infrastructure.Phasing where necessary will allow better management of the release of land, to ensure a consistent supply of housing over plan period;
May be more in line with current policy as it could address issues such as sustainability, accessibility and the availability of infrastructure;
A more qualitative approach.
Could become too prescriptive.
c) No phasing of housing supplyPotential for increased supply of housing overall, which, depending on the size of the developments, may also deliver an overall increase in the supply of affordable housing.Would not allow for the management of the release of land over the whole plan period;
May prevent the most suitable sites coming forward;
Potential oversupply in short term could affect long-term land supply.
2. The role of windfall sitesa) Continue current approach (i.e. allow windfalls to contribute to meeting the Structure Plan requirement)This approach has enabled Council to meet (and exceed) the Structure Plan housing requirement;
Would be difficult to identify enough individual sites to replace an allowance for windfalls;
More difficult to manage the release of land for housing;
Many windfall sites are small and currently do not contribute towards affordable housing or other infrastructure requirements
It will not be possible to determine the most suitable approach in relation to the role of windfall sites until the new Government policy is published in the forthcoming PPS3.

Could carry out further research on the role that windfall sites play.

Could consider developing criteria based policy for the consideration of windfall sites.
b) Allocate more specific housing sites and regard windfalls as extra.Would be a more pro-active approach, with the identification of more individual sites.Many windfall sites are small and do not contribute towards affordable housing or other infrastructure requirements;
Potential oversupply in short term – could affect long term land supply.
c) Allocate more specific sites and develop a policy to limit the supply of windfall sites.Would be a more pro-active approach to managing the release of sites;
More likely to deliver the most appropriate sites.
Difficult in practice to identify and allocate sufficient sites in advance, given character of the area;
Potential to stifle the market.
3. Infrastructure and services
    a) Maintain existing policy (i.e. the general policies in the Local Plan – D13 & D14)
Flexible approachDifficult to address the range of infrastructure and service requirements, particularly in the case of small sitesNeed to ensure consistency within Waverley and with neighbouring authorities.

Could provide the strategic framework within the Housing DPD, with the detail being contained in a separate LDF document.
    b) As the Council is proposing to develop separate policy on infrastructure and planning obligations generally no need to include a policy in the Housing DPD
Infrastructure is not just an issue for housing. Need to have a policy to address the infrastructure requirements for a range of different types of development.Would have a less direct link to the specific requirements associated with new housing.
    c) Link choices about phasing and density of housing to an assessment of infrastructure and services
Would be tailored to the specific impacts of housing and would inform choices about site selection etc.Potential duplication with other planned policy documents.

Comms/O&S3/05-06/093