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Five year housing land supply - Christchurch and East Dorset

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires all planning authorities to identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years worth of housing against their housing requirements, taking in to account any previous shortfall in delivery and with an additional buffer to be moved forward from later in the plan period.

Housing land potential has been assessed for the plan area as a whole in line with the housing provision set out in Policy KS4 of the  Christchurch and East Dorset Local Plan part 1 - Core Strategy, adopted in April 2014. The following document sets out the supply for the period 2018 to 2023 and a schedule of all the sites that make up the supply:

This is an interim document and will be updated as necessary when the Government publishes the results of the Housing Delivery Test.  As of the date of this 2018 interim document, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils currently demonstrate a 5 year land supply and is calculated at 5.45 years of supply.

Calculating Christchurch and East Dorset's 5 Year Supply

The prediction of housing completions has been informed by evidence in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments, pre-application meetings with the prospective developers and planning permissions where they have been issued. This information is supplemented with residential monitoring information and discussions with Development Management and policy colleagues. It has identified a 5 year supply of 4,384 units. 

The 5 year housing requirement for Christchurch and East Dorset is calculated at 4,024, which incorporates a 5% buffer and Core Strategy plan shortfall.  Against our identified housing supply, this results in a surplus of 360 units.

Applying buffers and shortfall to the housing target

The Councils have previously delivered the necessary housing to meet historic targets, so have applied a 5% buffer.  However, It is anticipated that the forthcoming results of the Housing Delivery Test will shortly be published, which may affect the the size of the buffer the Councils are required to apply to the 5 year housing land supply. Until the Housing Delivery Test is received, for the purposes of this interim report a 5% buffer is used to reflect the previous levels of housing delivery.

For the Core Strategy plan shortfall, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils use the 'Sedgefield' methodology to address the previous years under delivery of houses.  This is to best clarify the Councils' position against national guidance and to use a more simplified approach to calculating the 5 year supply.

The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment reports for Christchurch and  East Dorset explain further how the 5 year requirement is calculated.

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