West Essex and East Hertfordshire Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) (Opinion Research Services, September 2015 and July 2017)
Opinion Research Services (ORS) was jointly commissioned by the local authorities of West Essex (Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford) and East Hertfordshire to undertake a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) to identify the functional Housing Market Area and establish the Objectively Assessed Need for housing.
The Strategic Housing Market authorities commissioned an interim update to the SHMA based on the CLG 2014 projections.
Housing Supply Windfall Allowance (Uttlesford District Council, March 2017)
Housing Strategy 2016-2021 (Uttlesford District Council, 2016)
The Council's Housing Strategy has been written alongside the new Local Plan for the District. The documents show the future housing priorities in the District and how they can be delivered. The targets are challenging in a housing market that is still unpredictable.
Economic Viability Study (Pathfinder Consultants and Malins Associates, 2016)
These reports tests the viability of eight New Settlement/Neighbourhood Proposals and seventeen residential allocations in the towns and villages put forward by promoters/developers in the Call for Sites. In relation to the latter the sites are a sample of deliverable sites in order to test whether similar developments would also be generally deliverable.
East Cambridgeshire Objectively Assessed Housing Need (Cambridgeshire County Council Research Group, January 2016 and October 2016)
Two reports by Cambridgeshire County Council Research Group to support East Cambridgeshire District Council in objectively assessing and evidencing development needs for housing, both market and affordable.
The report East Cambridgeshire Objectively Assessed Housing Need October 2016 provides an updated objectively assessed need (OAN) for housing in East Cambridgeshire for the period 2014 to 2036, which builds on the existing SHMA 2013 evidence base and the January 2016 report, but also takes the opportunity to use any updated other evidence, such as national forecasts and projections, in that process. The October 2016 update follows the release of new household projections and economic forecasts since January 2016.
Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) 2015
The Strategic Land Availability Assessment (SLAA) will consider all sites capable of delivering 5 or more dwellings or economic development on sites of 0.25 ha (or 500m2 floorspace) or above, or Gypsy and Traveller sites which could accommodate 1 or more pitches. The type of sites to be assessed is set out in section 1.3 of the methodology. In making the assessment the Council will consider the "suitability", "achievability" and "availability" of a site. If the Strategic Land Availability Assessment identifies land as being deliverable or having potential to be delivered, it will not imply that the land will automatically be allocated for development. In deciding which sites should be developed and allocated in the Local plan the Council will need to consider its overall development strategy.
It is important to remember that the SLAA is part of the evidence base to support the preparation of the Local Plan. Sites assessed in the SLAA may also be submitted as planning applications and the decision on applications will be based on the adopted local plan policies and government guidance.
The Draft Strategic Land Availability Assessment methodology was published for consultation on 21 August and closed on 2 October 2015. Details of the comments received, officer responses and the final methodology statement were be considered by members of the Planning Policy Working Group on 16 December.
Call for Sites and assessment of the sites submitted
The 'Call for Sites' was an early opportunity for developers, landowners, individuals and other interested parties to suggest sites within Uttlesford District for development. The suggested sites will be used to inform the allocation of sites in the Local Plan.
Sites Viability Assessment (BNP Paribas Real Estate, March 2014)
This report tests the viability of fourteen major proposed developments in Uttlesford District and their ability to meet planning policy requirements of Uttlesford District Council ('the Council'). The study tests the cumulative impact of the Council's requirements, in line with the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework ('NPPF') and the Local Housing Delivery Group guidance 'Viability Testing Local Plans: Advice for planning practitioners'.
Housing Supply as at 31 March 2014 (Uttlesford District Council, 2014)
Objectively Assessed Housing Need, Technical Assessment (Uttlesford District Council, October 2013)
The Local Plan is required to provide for the Districts objectively assessed housing need. This report looks at the objectively assessed need in the light of Government Advice, more recent demographic information and emerging practice. The conclusion of the report is that the Local Plan should be prepared on the basis of the 2010 based SNPP, and there are no demonstrable reasons why the District should not be able to meet its objectively assessed housing need.
Affordable Housing Viability Update (Levvel, March 2012)
In March 2012, Uttlesford District Council requested that Levvel undertake an 'update' of the 2010 Affordable Housing Viability Assessment (above) study in order to assess:
- How do current market conditions compare with the upside, middle or downside market scenarios assessed in the 2010 study;
- Provide commentary on the potential impact on development viability of the introduction of the 2011-2015 Affordable Homes Programme - Framework and the associated changes to Annex B of Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing June 2011;
- Provide commentary on the impact of the National Planning Policy Statement published on the 27 March 2012;
- Provide commentary on the changes to the definition of zero carbon homes, announced in May 2011 and the associated potential impact upon the likely costs associated with the mandatory requirement for all residential dwellings to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 in 2016
This report is the result of that updated assessment.
Assessment of Development Opportunity Sites (Carter Jonas, 2012)
An assessment of the proposed Development Opportunity Sites in Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow and Stansted Mountfitchet identified in the council's Report of Representations on Employment and Retail following the consultation on Proposals for a draft Local Plan in June/July 2012.
Affordable Housing Viability Assessment (Levvel, August 2010)
Consultants Levvel were appointed by the London Commuter Belt (East)/M11 Sub Region comprising Brentwood Borough Council, East Hertfordshire District Council, Epping Forest District Council, Harlow Council and Uttlesford District Council to undertake an Affordable Housing Viability Assessment. The purpose of the study is to undertake a strategic assessment of the viability of a range of housing developments that will inform planning policy.