LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Chapter 7: Housing Sites

Delivering New Housing

7.1  Local Plan Part 1 sets out the overall housing requirement for the Borough over the plan period from 2013 to 2032. This amounts to 11,210 net additional homes, or an average of 590 a year. It also sets out the spatial strategy which underpins how this housing requirement will be distributed across the Borough. Development will be focused at the four main settlements, and the new settlement at Dunsfold Aerodrome. Alongside this, growth is planned for some of the villages, reflecting their position within the Settlement Hierarchy.

7.2  Expanding on the spatial strategy, Local Plan Part 1 Policy ALH1 sets a specific minimum housing target for each settlement. Developments which have already been completed since 2013, have planning permission or have already been allocated through Local Plan Part 1 or the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan make up a significant proportion of this requirement. Based on past trends, development on sites which are not allocated, otherwise known as windfalls, will also continue to contribute to housing supply. In order to ensure delivery of sufficient housing over the plan period, the residual housing requirement will be met through the allocation of housing sites in Local Plan Part 2 and a number of neighbourhood plans.

7.3  In relation to the housing allocations needed to meet the Local Plan Part 1 requirement, Local Plan Part 2 will deal with Haslemere, and Witley (including Milford).

7.4  During the preparation of Local Plan Part 2, it was also envisaged that the Plan would deal with housing allocations in Godalming and Elstead. However, it has now been decided that housing allocations for Elstead will be made through the neighbourhood plan. In relation to Godalming, the minimum housing target of 1,520 set in Local Plan Part 1 has been exceed by 219 dwellings. As a result, it has been decided that housing allocations for Godalming are no longer required in Local Plan Part 2.

7.5  Neighbourhood plans will deal with the housing allocations in Bramley, Chiddingfold, Cranleigh, Dunsfold and Elstead. In all other unmentioned Waverley parishes the minimum housing allocation set in Local Plan Part 1 has already been met, therefore there is no need to allocate housing for these areas in either Local Plan Part 2 or neighbourhood plans.

7.6  The Council identifies potential housing sites through a 'Call for Sites' process by which landowners and site promoters can submit details of their site for consideration. In addition to this, the Council identifies potential sites through the planning application process, the review of publically owned land, as well as representations made on Local Plan consultations.

7.7  Sites are assessed in accordance with a methodology set out in the Waverley Land Availability Assessment (LAA), which seeks to determine whether a site is 'potentially suitable' or 'unsuitable', and includes an assessment of the availability and achievability of potentially suitable sites. The LAA is a living document, and a further update has been published alongside this Plan. Potentially suitable sites are also assessed through the Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment processes, the findings of which are used to assist the Council in its site selections.

7.8  The Council has assessed sites across the whole Borough in its LAA. The Council's assessment of a site may, however, differ from that of used within neighbourhood plans groups, which can use bespoke methodology tailored to local circumstances.

7.9  There is a requirement to review Local Plans within five years of adoption. As such, in the event that any neighbourhood plans allocating housing do not progress in a timely manner, this can be considered when reviewing the Local Plan. This will also provide an opportunity to identify if any site allocations have not progressed as expected, and what action is needed to ensure delivery of the housing requirement in full.