Mid Suffolk District Council today published its Annual Monitoring Report, demonstrating a Housing Land Supply of 6.5 years – meeting the government’s requirement of 5 Years.
As of today, Wednesday 11 July, the Council considers it can demonstrate this land supply, meaning that Mid Suffolk can prove that there is enough deliverable land to meet the number of homes that need to be built over that period to meet housing need.
The Council has been unable to demonstrate this land supply since February 2015, but now the updated figure has been made possible as a result of a proactive approach to delivery.
The National Planning Policy Framework specifies that, if the Council cannot demonstrate a 5 year Housing Land Supply local planning policies for the supply of housing should not be considered up to date and thus carry less weight.
With the publication of the updated 5 year land supply position planning officers will now be reviewing all current application and pre-application enquiries on which this has a bearing. This includes all applications for which formal planning permission has not yet been issued.
Cllr David Whybrow, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “We’ve had to take some tough decisions over the past few years, and more than once some of our Planning Committee Members found themselves sitting for 12 hours a day, but that hard work has now paid off: with a 5 Year Land Supply in place, we can address the housing need in our district and ensure we build the right houses in the right places, with more input at a local level. We’ve also taken steps to guarantee we maintain this land supply, with money set aside in this year’s budget to bring stalled developments back on track: this will ensure we continue to meet the government’s requirement and continue to give local plans the weight they deserve.
“Thanks to this work, we have greater control to implement the planning policies that our Members have voted for, and are in a stronger position to refuse inappropriate proposals from developers across Mid Suffolk.”
The full Annual Monitoring Report is available online.