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Detail of what SHELAA is in regard to Wealden District Council can be found here
The WDC 2020 draft SHELAA methodology pdf can be found here
The WDC 2019 SHELAA pdf can be found here
WDC also have a Brownfield (previously developed land) here
The WDC Mapping service can be found here
Top Left menu What would you like to do click the 3 bars, then click map features, then click Planning Policy, this will reveal Old SHELAA Sites, New SHELAA Sites and Brownfield Sites as maps.
You can hide or unhide any combination by clicking the tick box squares.
The sites marked in Green on the maps are sites that were submitted in the previous call for land and these will be revaluated for the emerging new WDC Local Plan. Any changes in designation will be posted as soon as we find out.
The sites marked in Orange are those sites that were submitted in the 2020 WDC call for sites. These sites will be fully evaluated in accordance the laid down procedure and as soon as this is released it will added to the relevant pages on this website.
In the area covered by this Website Horam has once again has taken the brunt of the new sites see the picture on the left.
I decided to write this article because I was confused as to why WDC could not archive a 5 year land supply.
This is my attempt to give myself a better understanding.
This is what the Government say about say about 5 Year Land Supply here
A 5 year land supply is a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide 5 years’ worth of housing (and appropriate buffer) against a housing requirement set out in adopted strategic policies, or against a local housing need figure, using the standard method, as appropriate in accordance with paragraph 73 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
Revision date: 22 July 2019
The purpose of the 5 year housing land supply is to provide an indication of whether there are sufficient sites available to meet the housing requirement set out in adopted strategic policies for the next 5 years. Where strategic policies are more than 5 years old, or have been reviewed and found in need of updating, local housing need calculated using the standard method should be used in place of the housing requirement.
Revision date: 22 July 2019
Currently Wealden District Council say their 5 year land supply is 3.57 years as stated in this Agents Panel Question
Q. Is there an update on the 5 year housing land supply figure?
A. Had hoped to have a figure today but will try to include with the minutes. We are hoping that the data is better than last years AMR of 3.57 years. As part of early lockdown and closure of sites it dropped slightly. Since remote committees have started we think it is around 4 years. As a wider point we are working with yourselves and clients on schemes where we can support them and get to committee as fast as we can. We have approved 1500 units from the remote committees, but not all of these will go to the land supply due to build out rates.
Wealden currently have 6325 (WDC documented figure) of unbuilt dwelling commitments.
Since May 2020 (24 weeks) until the 13/10/2020 approx. 2600 new dwelling and conversions applications have been submitted to WDC Planning (taken from WDC weekly planning application lists).
Wealden pass 86% of all applications they receive (as stated in ONS report).
If we take 86% of the current outstanding applications, we have total of approx. 8561 dwellings either not built or in the system for approval.
Based on the SHELAA document Wealden are using current 1231 per year as laid down by central Government.
Based on the 8561 and the 1231 per year figure that gives 6.95 years supply.
My other area of investigation is that currently Wealden are receiving approx. 4 times their annual build requirement, and I have said above based on the 2600 application received in 24 weeks this equates to an annual rate of 5633 if we then adjust this figure by the 86% approval rate, we get 4844 new dwellings approved in one year which at the annual build rate required (1231) give a 3.93 years from just 1 years application.
Note, the 86% approval is based on the number of applications not dwellings, it would be safe to assume that the if the dwellings number were used that percentage would be higher.
Having investigated how WDC arrive at its 5-year land supply it appears they have to make a judgement on how many of the approved dwelling will be built in any given year over a five-year period.
At present WDC have very little powers to insist that dwellings are built once approved that decision is with the Developers/Builders, in the current White Paper "Planning for the Future" I can see no evidence that Central Government has the will or ambition to bring in sanctions to encourage/force Developers/Builders to honour their commitment they so often make when seeking planning permission.
The only thing regarding the subject of the 5 Year Land Supply in my opinion with regard to Wealden is that as far as I can determine WDC are not pushing for more help from Central Government to get the un-built permissions built.
The Government has said we have a housing crisis and in any logical view getting the backlog of dwellings with permission built must be a priority.