Latest Position on DDPD

The examination in public of the Chiltern Delivery Development Plan Document (Delivery DPD) has been suspended for up to six months (ie.12th May 2015).  Chiltern District Council (CDC) is now in receipt of the Planning Inspector’s letter outlining his reasons for suspension, as below:

pdf icon Letter from the Inspector – Examination of DDPD Suspension (24th November 2014)

CDC will now consider the contents of the letter before issuing a response.

You may well yawn and think “how boring”, but this stalemate situation could potentially have significant implications for Prestwood and Great Missenden. … press articles on what’s happening in other communities across the UK – could this end up being us too?  Additionally, SHLAA sites appear to be real, not simply a paperwork exercise as far as the Government is concerned, so compulsory purchases of land remain a threat.

If the Planning Inspector continues to want enough housing to meet the Local Housing Needs Assessment 2011, (see page 9) ie. 5,000 to 6,760 new homes up to 2026, (7,260 thought to be a typing error). it can mean that people living within the Chiltern District Council area will not have the luxury of saying whether they want development or not, it can be a matter of where.

The Planning Inspector highlights the CDC Duty to Co-operate Report and how an Initial Assessment of CDC’s Unplanned Housing Need carried out in September 2014 estimates unplanned need as potentially as high as 4,809 dwellings in the CDC area, and he says there is “little evidence …. that any real progress has been made towards ensuring any unmet need is properly considered through cross-boundary co-operation.”

Indications are that CDC has commenced work on a new Local Plan up to 2036, which will review all aspects of the adopted Core Strategy, including an assessment of housing need carried out with adjacent local authorities and a further review of the Green Belt.  CDC’s evidence that there is more than a 5 year supply of deliverable housing land to meet immediate need whilst work is proceeding on the new Local Plan has also been noted by the Planning Inspectorate.

See previous article on DDPD on 5 October 2014.  For relevant articles before that use the search facility on this website by keying in DDPD.

The CDC Delivery Development Plan Document and the Core Strategy, together with the   National Planning Policy Framework documents can be found on this website in Policies & Reports. We will shortly be adding Planning Practice Guidance March 2014 and Duty to Co-operate through S110 of the Localism Act 2011 documents to the Policies & Reports section of the website too.

The community, together with our local government representatives… all of us … need to remain vigilant if we are to ensure that our landscape doesn’t change forever.  Importantly, the necessary infrastructure to match whatever comes our way must be put in place at the same time as any significant house-building. 

Perhaps the answer is new towns which have their own inbuilt infrastructure? …   see here.

Please leave your comments below.



2 thoughts on “Latest Position on DDPD”

  1. Lets be clear here Compulsory Purchase of SHLAA sites is not and has never been on the agenda of CDC. CDC doesn’t even have the money let alone the political will to do it!!

    SHLAA sites are opportunistic sites that rely on a developer and homeowner agreeing terms and then the developer gaining planning permission for the proposed development.

    CDC as we have already indicated is going to have to take a look at its greenbelt and review it. The intention here is not to wholesale concrete over the greenbelt but to remove elements of the greenbelt that no longer make sense from that designation. This would happen in instances were frankly the land isn’t really greenbelt any more. I cant think of any land in Prestwood and Heath End that would fit that characteristic.

    There is a massive tension here:

    (i) People are living longer = more homes
    (ii) More people live alone = more homes
    (iii) People want to live in the affluent South East = more homes
    (iv) People want to live in the UK = more homes

    In Chiltern we are hugely constrained in our ability to deliver new homes by both the greenbelt and the AONB – that will continue because the greenbelt and the AONB are sacrosanct. This means that some of our housing need may have to be met by neighbouring authorities without those constraints.

    Finally its noteworthy that Chiltern at present has identified land even without the DDPD to meet the demand for housing for the next 5 years. There is no immediate emergency.

    I’m committed to ensuring that Prestwood and Heath End does not become concrete corner and will do all I can to protect our previous AONB and greenbelt.


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  2. I think it is important that everyone understands what Housing Allocation Sites and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) sites, referred to in the DDPD. are and their purpose.

    Housing Allocation Sites
    These represent land, where CDC had identified the definite possibility of development. Two such sites in Prestwood were included in the DDPD. These are The Glebe and the rear of 73 – 81 Wycombe Road
    Both of these sites were brought forward from the previous plan.
    During the consultation on the DDPD, there were a number of objections to these being included in the DDPD. Consequently both of these sites are recommended for removal as Housing Allocation Sites, and are to be transferred back to being included as SHLAA sites

    Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)
    As part of the preparation of a Local Plan or DDPD, the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires an assessment to be made of the potential supply of land available to meet the housing requirement developed in the Plan. This assessment starts with Housing Allocation Sites, and continues with an assessment of the number of sites that can be expected to arise. Part of this assessment is the identification of sites with development potential. This is where SHLAA sites fit in.
    It needs to be clearly understood that these are not identified Housing Allocation Sites, where there is a strong potential for development. Rather they are a data base of sites with potential. The attached is an extract from the DDPD
    The status of sites in the SHLAA
    Many of the SHLAA sites include land likely to be in multiple ownership and so for the avoidance of doubt it is stated here that the Council is not seeking to purchase by agreement or to compulsorily purchase land within these sites.
    This means that it is up to owners to decide whether they are interested in their land being proposed for new development. The SHLAA is an evidence gathering document and is not part of any plan by the Council to compulsorily purchase land for new housing.
    This makes it clear that CDC is not contemplating being involved in putting these sites together either by agreement or compulsory purchase.

    John Gladwin

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