Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018

3 Housing

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3.1 This section sets out the Council's preferred approach and alternative approach to the delivery of housing within the Borough to 2032. The Council will seek to provide for a range of housing types, sizes and tenure to meet future needs and the needs of the local communities. The Council will seek to enable housing delivery which meets the needs of different groups including families, older people, younger people, people with disabilities, people requiring more specialist accommodation, the Gypsy and Traveller community and the Travelling Showpeople community. The Plan will also seek to make provision for self-build/custom build projects, starter homes and sites for small and medium builders. The Council will also identify sites on the Brownfield Register which are available for redevelopment for housing.

3.2 In providing housing regard will also need to be given to other emerging policies in the Local Plan. This is to ensure that housing gets delivered in the right places with the necessary infrastructure and that it does not cause harm to areas of importance biodiversity, in particular the impact of new residential development on the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA).


National Policy Context

3.3 The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) seeks to ensure that local housing needs are met through the provision of a range of housing types and sizes. The NPPF, 2012 sets out that Local Planning Authorities should prepare a Strategic Housing Market Area Assessment (SHMA) to assess the housing need in the Housing Market Area. The Housing Market Area (HMA) for Surrey Heath includes Hart and Rushmoor. The Draft NPPF, 2018, sets out a standardised methodology for calculating Local Authorities' housing needs. This Issues and Options Local Plan consultation has been produced having regard to the Draft NPPF.

3.4 The NPPF (2012) at paragraph 14 states that local authorities should meet the full objectively assessed housing need unless the impacts of doing so would significantly outweigh the benefits when assessed against the NPPF as a whole or where specific policies indicate that development should be restricted, this includes sites protected under the Birds and Habitats Directives and Green Belt. The NPPF sets out that local planning authorities should prepare a Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment to establish realistic assumptions about the availability, suitability and likely economic viability of land to meet the identified need for housing over the Plan period.

3.5 Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) sets out the approach Local Authorities should take in undertaking the housing and economic land availability assessment.

3.6 In line with the Town and Country Planning (Brownfield Land Register) Regulations 2017 and the Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) Order 2017 the Council has published a Brownfield Register which sets out what brownfield sites could come forward for development.

 Sub Regional Context

3.7 The Council has identified the Housing Market Area and has undertaken a joint Strategic Housing Market Assessment (2016) (SHMA) with Hart and Rushmoor.

View the 2016 SHMA, located on the Council's website.


Local Strategies and Evidence

3.8 The preferred policy approach would support the objectives set out in Surrey Heath's Five Year Strategy 2016-2021. One of the objectives of the Strategy is to address housing needs within the community and to work with partners to support our economy through strategic development planning and economic growth.

3.9 The Council undertook a Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) in 2017. This document sets out how much land there may be available for residential development over a fifteen year period.

View the Council's 2017 SLAA, located within the evidence base section of the Council's website.

3.10 The Council is undertaking a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment (2018) which considers the future requirements of the Gypsy and Traveller community and the Travelling Showpeople community over the Plan period.

3.11 The following policies will be replaced in the new Local Plan (2016-2032).

Relevant Policies in the adopted Core Strategy & Development Management Policies DPD 2012

  • Policy CP1 Spatial Strategy
  • Policy CP3 Scale and Distribution of New Housing
  • PolicyCP4 Deepcut
  • Policy CP5 Affordable Housing
  • Policy CP6 Dwelling Size and Type
  • Policy CP6 Gypsies and Travellers and Travelling Showpeople
  • Policy DM6 Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople Accommodation

Relevant Policies in the Camberley Town Centre Area Action Plan

  • Policy TC14 London road Block
  • Policy TC15 Camberley Station
  • Policy TC16 Land at Park Lane
  • Policy TC17 Pembroke Broadway (north)
  • Policy TC18 Land east of Knoll Road
  • Policy TC19 Former Magistrates Court
  • Policy TC 20 The Granary

Saved Surrey Heath Local Plan 2000 Policies

  • Policy H8 Housing Reserve Sites


Draft Objectives for Housing Policies

3.12 The following table sets out the draft objectives for housing in the Issues and Options/Preferred Options consultation draft.

Objective A

To address housing needs by planning for at least 5,632 new homes of an appropriate housing mix and tenure. Of this figure, 4,901 homes will be delivered in Surrey Heath. The remaining unmet need of 731 homes will be met by working with our Housing Market Area partners.