Housing planning guidance

Housing planning guidance provides detailed advice on the type, size and affordability of new housing; and the provision of student housing.

Although the guidance does not have the status of the development plan it was adopted by the council in December 2006 following public consultation and is a material consideration in the determination of planning applications.

The council adopted a planning obligations supplementary planning document (SPD) on 18 June 2015. This was refreshed on 9 December 2019. The SPD includes policy on the provision of affordable housing in new housing developments, and it therefore supersedes the affordable housing policies in the housing planning guidance. As a result of this, the following policies in the housing planning guidance were cancelled from 18 June 2015:

  • Policy HOU3 - quantity of affordable housing
  • Policy HOU4 - type of affordable housing
  • Policy HOU5 - design of affordable housing
  • Policy HOU6 - occupancy of affordable housing

Policies HOU1 (type of new housing), HOU2 (size of new dwellings) and HOU7 (demonstrating a need for student housing) remain as adopted policies that supplement saved policies of the unitary development plan.

The housing planning guidance policies that have been saved beyond 18 June 2015 can be downloaded below. The original version of the housing planning guidance, as adopted on 20 December 2006, and associated supporting documents can also be downloaded below.

If you would like to purchase a printed copy of the housing planning guidance please contact us using the link below. A charge will be made to reflect the cost of printing the document, together with postage and packing.

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This page was last updated on 27 November 2020

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