SGS5 Management of Housing Supply

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SGS5 Management of Housing Supply

To provide a managed release of housing land in settlements, the following sequential approaches will be applied:

Main towns and Greenisland

Land for housing will be zoned within the three main towns and in the small town of Greenisland at Local Polices Plan stage and phased.

  1. It is intended that phase 1 housing land will be zoned in the following circumstances:
    1. Sites with live residential planning permissions/residential development proposals likely to be approved (for sites of 0.2 hectares or above or 10 dwelling units+);
    2. Previously developed and undeveloped land within the urban footprint (i.e. suitable urban capacity sites of 0.2 hectares or above or 10 dwelling units+);
  2. It is intended that phase 2 housing land will be zoned and held in reserve in the following circumstance:
    1. In settlements where the LDP strategic housing allocation would be met by live planning permissions, urban capacity sites and windfall potential, phase 2 housing land will be zoned in the existing urban fringe.

 

Remaining Small towns

Within the remaining small towns land for housing will be zoned at Local Polices Plan stage in the following circumstances:

  1. Sites with live residential planning permissions/residential development proposals likely to be approved (for sites of 0.2 hectares or above or 10 dwelling units+);
  2. Previously developed and undeveloped land within the urban footprint (i.e. suitable urban capacity sites of 0.2 hectares or above or 10 dwelling units+);
  3. In settlements where there remains a potential future deficit in regard to the LDP strategic housing allocation after completions, live permissions, urban capacity sites and windfall potential have been considered, additional land will be zoned for housing if it is sustainable to do so. This potentially may include land in the urban fringe or where necessary and sustainable, extending settlement limits; and
  4. In settlements where urban capacity sites or windfall potential would not meet the affordable housing need identified by NIHE, additional land may be zoned for housing if it is sustainable to do so and it is not reasonable for the need to be met in a nearby settlement. This potentially may include land in the urban fringe or where necessary and sustainable, extending settlement limits.

In selecting land to be zoned for housing in cases c) and d), priority will be given to sites which are accessible to community facilities/services and public transport, can avail of existing infrastructure, avoid flood risk and do not adversely impact on townscape character or natural or built heritage.

Windfall housing within the urban footprint will be granted planning permission provided it meets the General Policy and accords with other provisions of the LDP.

Justification and Amplification

Whilst the new Spatial Growth Strategy and Strategic Housing Allocation for the Borough take account of the RDS, the LDP also has to deal with the legacy of existing extant plans that defined settlement limits and designated housing zonings to meet much higher population/ household formation projection figures.

Main towns and Greenisland

As our larger towns are the most sustainable locations for new housing development, where possible in light of this legacy, this policy aims to create compact towns, through a sequential approach to the phasing of land, in order to avoid urban sprawl. This means in the first instance focusing the growth of the residential population within the existing urban footprint of our towns with a population over 5,000, namely Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Greenisland. This will be delivered by zoning suitable sites of an appropriate size within the urban footprint of these towns as phase 1 housing land. In addition, land benefitting from a live planning permission commitment for a residential development and those with a current application likely to be approved, which will also be zoned as phase 1 housing land. In the latter case this will depend on how far the application has been processed at the time of the Local Policies Plan. It should be noted that currently there are issues in Larne with the capacity of the waste water treatment works and this may restrict development on phase 1 housing land.

Phase 2 lands, located outside the urban footprint but within the settlement development limits, will be held as a land bank to meet future need. This approach provides a vision for the long term expansion of our largest towns within existing settlement limits, where that town has already met or has the potential to meet their notional strategic housing figure through existing commitments, urban capacity sites and windfall potential.

Phase 2 lands will not be released for housing development until its designation changes to phase 1 as a consequence of an LDP amendment following a Plan review. When releasing phase 2 land, account will be taken of the latest Housing Growth Indicators, the strategic housing allocation, current land availability, housing building rates and infrastructure capacity. To ensure a sequential approach to development, when determining which land should be released to phase 1, account will be taken of its accessibility to the town centre and core services and also the availability of infrastructure.

During reviews of the LDP, consideration will be given to the level of commitment and investment made by landowners to release and progress delivery of phase 1 housing land. Where no demonstrable progress has been made, consideration will be given to re-designating the land at review stage.

The release of phase 2 housing land may also be considered where it has been demonstrated that there is insufficient uncommitted phase 1 housing land to meet affordable housing needs. Such a need should be supported by NIHE and should be selected taking into account the sequential approach above.

Remaining Small towns

In the remaining four smaller towns, land will be zoned for housing but not phased as the extent of undeveloped and uncommitted lands in the urban fringe is significantly less than that in the larger towns. Land will be zoned for housing where at the time of the LPP it benefits from a live residential planning permission or has a current application for a residential development proposal that is likely to be approved, depending on how far the application has been processed. Suitable sites of an appropriate size within the urban footprint will also be zoned for housing. In addition, to ensure a settlement meets its notional housing allocation or identified affordable housing need, land may be zoned for housing in the urban fringe or within extended settlement limits when the other potential sources of housing referred to above have been deemed to be insufficient.

Villages and Small Settlements

To retain flexibility for meeting various local needs, land will not be zoned for housing in villages and small settlements. Instead, where necessary, land will be identified as Housing Policy Areas (HPAs) in villages to indicate where it is anticipated that most new housing should be located. In order to meet the Spatial Growth Strategy, this may require amendments to the existing settlement limits defining our villages. This will be reviewed at Local Policies Plan stage.

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