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Five year housing land supply - Christchurch and East Dorset

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 2012 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 with an additional 5% 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 2017 to 2022 and a schedule of all the sites that make up the supply:

As of the date of this updated 2017 document, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils demonstrate a 5 year land 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 3,930 units. This meets the requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as it provides for the 5 year requirement of 3,855 which incorporates a 5% buffer and Core Strategy plan shortfall, with 75 surplus dwellings.

For the shortfall referred to above, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils have in this year's updated document used the 'Sedgefield' methodology to calculate this, 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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