Location: East Riding of Yorkshire
The East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) are currently undertaking a review of their Local Plan which was adopted in 2016.
Following consultation on the Options document in late 2018, the council are now considering the responses and reviewing the evidence to develop a Draft Local Plan. However, consultation on the Draft Local Plan has been delayed and is not likely to occur this year as previously expected. This is due to the publication of The Planning for the Future White Paper (August 2020) and Changes to the Current Planning Systems Consultation (August – October 2020) which have implications for the ERYC Local Plan review in the short and longer term. Since the publication of the White Paper and the accompanying consultation on changes to the planning system, this has had implications on the proposed revised standard methodology for determining local housing need and the timescales for local authorities to have new plans in place. Therefore, ERYC are currently reviewing the effects of these two papers.
In a cabinet report dated 22nd September 2020, it was concluded that the Local Plan review is put on hold until the Government publishes the new housing need assessment methodology early next year. Additionally, no consultations on draft allocations will take place until the new method is finalised.
New Standard Methodology
In combination, the standard method consultation figure for ERYC and Kingston upon Hull is 3.7% lower than the housing targets set out in their Local Plans. This decrease comes from ERYC, where the consultation figure is 12.8% (around 180 dwellings per annum) lower than the adopted Local Plan target. For Kingston upon Hull, the consultation figure is 16.7% higher than the Local Plan figure, representing an increase of over 100 dwellings per annum.
Despite seeing an overall decrease on the adopted Local Plan figures, the standard method consultation figure for the two East Riding of Yorkshire local authorities is 46.2% higher than the current standard method (239 dwellings per annum). The consultation figure for Kington upon Hull is 83.5% above the current standard method and for ERYC the increase is 30.5% (286 dwellings per annum).
However, when compared to the Local Plan review, the proposed new formula for calculating the Standard Method would increase the ERYC’s minimum local housing need from 908 to 1,221 dwellings per annum. The Local Plan review is currently based on delivering 1,100 dpa (not the minimum 908). Nevertheless, applying this new annual need to the Local Plan review timeframe results in the need for an additional 2,000+ dwellings above that currently being planned for in the review.
Implications of the proposed Standard Methodology
As previously set out, the proposed Standard Methodology would be a decrease of 12.8% (around 180 dwellings per annum) for ERYC, compared to the housing targets set out in their adopted Local Plan. On the other hand, the Standard Method consultation figure for Kingston upon Hull is 16.7% higher than the Local Plan figure. This means that they would be unlikely to be able to absorb some of ERYC housing needs as they have done in the past.
Following the publication of the two significant consultation papers, the ERYC are changing the current programme for the review of the East Riding Local Plan. Their next step is to undertake a focused consultation that will seek to deliver the right amount of development in line with the proposed changes to the current planning system expected to come into force next year. The remainder of the Local Plan review process will be flexible to ensure its proposals and recommended areas for growth can be delivered either through the completion of the review process or a new style of Local Plan envisaged by the Planning for the Future White Paper.
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