Armstrong Rigg Planning News

Inspector Clarifies Evidence Needed to Demonstrate Housing Land Supply

In a recent appeal decision at Bures Hamlet in Braintree District (APP/Z1510/W/18/3207509) an Inspector has reviewed the Woolmer and Woolpit decisions providing further useful guidance in the assessment of 5 year housing land supply.  He found that:

  • Permissions issued after the base date should not be counted (including sites subject to a resolution to grant – paragraph 62)
  • Information received after the base-date regarding the progress of sites with outline permission should be included in the Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) (paragraph 63).
  • An authority must demonstrate not only that some housing completions will begin on site within five-years but also the amount of housing that will be delivered within that five-year period (paragraph 65).
  • The clear evidence relied upon must either be included in the AMR or be published alongside it (paragraph 66-67).