Five Year Housing Land Supply
Local planning authorities are required to identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide a minimum of five years’ worth of housing against their housing requirements (The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) paragraph 74).
The NPPF further requires an additional buffer of 5% to ensure choice and competition or a 20% buffer where there has been significant under delivery of housing over the previous three years, to improve the prospect of achieving the planned supply.
The 5 Year Housing Land Supply sets out the housing supply position in Epsom and Ewell borough at the 1st April 2021. This can be found in the AMR (Appendix A)
Housing Delivery Test Action Plan
The publication of the revised national policy and guidance (National Planning Policy Framework NPPF and Planning Practice Guidance PPG) in 2018 saw the introduction of various measures by central government to increase housing delivery in the country through the Planning system. This included the introduction of a new test known as the Housing Delivery Test (HDT). The HDT measures the previous three years housing delivery in an authority area against the authority’s housing requirement.
The Borough has failed to deliver 95% housing delivery for the previous three years against the housing requirement and has produced Housing Delivery Action Plans to identify the causes of under-delivery and actions to increase it in the future.
Gypsy, traveller and travelling showpeople five year supply
Local planning authorities are required to identify and update annually, a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide 5 years worth of sites for traveller accommodation against locally set targets (planning policy for traveller sites, PPTS 2015, para.10).
The term ‘traveller’ accommodation for planning purposes, includes gypsy, traveller and travelling showpeople accommodation, as per the terminology used in PPTS.
It informs the council’s Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) and the determination of planning applications where supply for traveller pitches and/or plots is identified as an issue.