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:
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.