New consultation anticipated on the OAN/SHAM

The Strategic Housing Assessment Methodology that drives the local housing targets

The CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) National Office, has advised that the long-awaited consultations on the OAN/SHMA methodology is due “soon”.   The consultation will last for eight weeks and will lead to a further consultation later in the year on a revised draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

CPRE have been reporting for some time their concerns on the suggested housing need figures (73,000 for Dorset by 2033) produced by the national Strategic Housing Market Assessments (SHMA) methodology. The data is supposed to reflect Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) but the figures do not reflect local housing needs at community or district level.

In addition, they have released two new publications:

Green Belt Under Siege 2017

The annual Green Belt Under Siege report shows that there are now 425,000 houses planned on Green Belt – an increase of 54% on March 2016. It also finds that more than 70% of houses proposed for development are not expected to be ‘affordable’.

Alongside strong protection for the Green Belt, CPRE is calling for more to be done to help councils build, for a focus on brownfield land, and for funding to help build genuinely affordable homes, including on small rural sites.

CPRE guidance on landscape and neighbourhood plans

CPRE has released a new guidance document to help community groups develop strong landscape policies in their Neighbourhood Plans, to influence future development decisions that would affect their local area.

The guidance includes examples of existing neighbourhood planning policies, such as those designed to conserve landscape character, safeguard hedgerows, designate local green space and protect dark skies.

There are two versions: one is an interactive PDF and the other is a printer friendly version.