NPPF Changes Consultation 2015

Ensuring Housing Is Delivered On Land Allocated In Plans - Page 3

What should constitute significant under-delivery, and over what time period?

A two year period is too short. There could be problems of land assembly and infrastructure delays particularly with larger schemes. A rolling five years would be more appropriate, giving an early warning if there are problems with delivery. A 10% annual deficiency would be a more helpful indicator than if a local authority falls behind with a few dwellings over a 1 or 2 year period, particularly if permissions have been granted but not implemented.

  • There should be an annual monitoring system in place.
  • We support the suggestion of a range of development sizes so that an authority is not dependent on 1 or 2 large schemes. Local authorities should have the powers to require that large sites could be broken into smaller estates and thereby assist small builders as well as resulting in the creation of more varied and interesting layouts. 

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