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Christchurch and East Dorset Housing and Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document

Consultation on the revised draft Housing and Affordable Housing SPD

The councils have updated the Housing and Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), and consulted on a revised draft document.  The consultation closed on 3 September 2018, thank you for the comments we have received.  The following consultation documents are still available:

Further information on the comments submitted to us

All comments made will be published on the Council’s website along with your name.

Please note that we will not acknowledge individual comments but will consider all comments received and publish responses to all comments in a response schedule prior to the next consultation stage.

Further details on our privacy policy and use of your personal information during this consultation can be found on the councils' Planning Policy Privacy Statement.

Why are we revising the document?

The main purpose of the Housing and Affordable Housing SPD is to provide details of how policies for housing and affordable housing in our Local Plan for the combined areas of Christchurch Borough Council and East Dorset District Council will be operated.

Please note that this revised SPD still supports the existing Christchurch and East Dorset Joint Core Strategy Policies, and is not linked to the Christchurch or the East Dorset Local Plan Review consultation.

The reasons for consulting on a revised SPD are as follows:

  • To update the document in the light of new evidence studies, for example revised SHMA housing information
  • To update the document in respect of development viability information, and specifically in respect of anticipated uplift in land values. A copy of a study on this issue, produced for the Council by the District Valuation Service, is available as an appendix to the document
  • Generally to reduce the amount of text in the document to make it more readable; and
  • To generally update any out of date text.

Much of the document remains unchanged from the 2014 version, however comments are invited on any part of the SPD as part of this consultation. 

Adopted Version

This Supplementary Planning Document forms part of the Christchurch and East Dorset Local Plan. It has been produced to expand upon housing and affordable housing policies set out in the Core Strategy.

The following adopted documents are available:

The document was adopted by Christchurch Borough Council and East Dorset District Council alongside the  Core Strategy at council meetings on the 22 and 28 of April 2014 respectively. Due to the complex nature of the issues involved and the need to support the Core Strategy with consistent and deliverable procedures and guidance, it was important that both documents were adopted together.

Changes to applying Core Strategy Policy LN3 (updated May 2016)

On the 19 May 2016 the Government issued updated guidance on affordable housing and tariff style contributions following the order of the Court of Appeal dated 13 May 2016. It gives legal effect to the policy previously set out in the Written Ministerial Statement of 28 November 2014.

practice note sets out how the councils will now be applying Policy LN3 'Provision of Affordable Housing', which is covered in the Housing and Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document, with this updated guidance in place.

What does the document cover?

This is a joint document between Christchurch Borough Council and East Dorset District Council to support the Core Strategy. This document also replaces previous Supplementary Planning Guidance 'Affordable and Special Needs Housing and the Provision of Small Dwellings', implemented by East Dorset District Council in December 2005.

The document addresses the detailed operational and technical aspects of implementing the Core Strategy Meeting Local Needs policies that contribute to Strategic Objective 5 of the Core Strategy:

"To deliver a suitable, affordable and sustainable range of housing to provide for local needs"

In particular, the document addresses the principles and processes that will ensure the delivery of appropriate market housing and affordable housing to meet local need and demand. To ensure that future residential development contributes to mixed sustainable communities and a balanced housing market.

To ensure that policy aspirations and objectives are balanced with the critical importance of bringing forward land and viable development. The document also sets out the Councils approach to negotiation, to viability assessment and where appropriate, the calculation of offsite commuted-sum contributions.

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