SGS3 Strategic Allocation of Housing to Settlements

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SGS3 Strategic Allocation of Housing to Settlements

The draft Plan Strategy will make provision for 4,256 dwellings within our settlements for the period 2018-2030 and 350-400 new dwellings in the countryside over the same period, as detailed in the table below in order to ensure the HGI is met.

Table 5.4 Strategic Allocation of Housing to Settlements 2018-2030

Tier

Settlement

Housing Allocation 2018-2030
(2012-2030 HGI adjusted with HEF* and minus Completions 2012-2018)

Main Towns

Carrickfergus

1,239

Ballymena

991

Larne

879

Total

3,109

Small Towns

Whitehead

218

Cullybackey

110

Greenisland

96

Ahoghill

94

Broughshane

67

Total

584

Villages

Carnlough

83

Kells/Connor

72

Ballycarry

58

Portglenone

45

Ballystrudder

40

Glynn

39

Ballygalley

38

Glenarm

34

Cargan

16

Clough

12

Martinstown

-16**

Total

421

Small Settlements*

Total

142

 

Settlement total

4,256

Countryside total

358

Mid and East Antrim Total

4,614

*HEF not applied to Small Settlements
**Completions have already exceeded allocation

Justification and Amplification

This strategic proposal sets out a notional allocation figure for settlements in the top three tiers of the settlement hierarchy and grouped figures for small settlements and the countryside, all for the remainder of the Plan period 2018-2030. The methodology underpinning the strategic housing allocation is set out in Appendix A. The main determining factor for the distribution of dwellings across the settlement hierarchy was the allocation of the HGI figure to the settlement tiers in accordance with RDS direction and the Spatial Growth Strategy. This means the majority of dwellings were allocated to the main towns tier. Within each tier, its allocation was split among individual settlements taking account of the distribution of households between those settlements at the time of the 2011 Census, followed by application of the RDS Housing Evaluation Framework. Dwellings completed in individual settlements since 2012 were then subtracted to determine the remaining notional allocation for the settlement until the end of the Plan period.

It is acknowledged that in some settlements the existing live planning permission commitments (including those under construction and those approved but not developed) are already greater than their remaining allocation figure (see Appendix A Broad methodology for Strategic Housing Allocation – Existing Commitments). The status of some of these sites may change prior to the Local Policies Plan e.g. permission for some of the undeveloped sites may lapse. This will be reviewed at that stage.

The delivery of the Strategic Housing Allocation in the main towns and small towns will be assisted by protecting zoned housing land and by striving to manage the housing supply in a sustainable manner, refer to Polices SGS4 and SGS5 respectively. However, it is not feasible to adopt the same approach in lower tier settlements. This is partly because land is not zoned in such settlements in order to afford reasonable flexibility in meeting local development needs. The open countryside also presents challenges in this regard. The strategic subject policies for residential development in the countryside (refer to Part 2) have been designed to provide opportunities for the sustainable development, of mainly single dwellings. However, it is not possible to predict or control the number of such opportunities likely to come forward over the Plan period.

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