Policy HOU18 - Providing a range and mix of dwelling types and sizes (MC86)

Policy HOU18 - Providing a range and mix of dwelling types and sizes

(This Policy will be inserted within Section A – Housing Topic Policies)

The Council’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) shows that a range of house types and sizes are required, to meet the Borough’s housing need throughout the plan period. Delivering a range of house types and sizes also helps to create and foster sustainable communities, provides resilience to the housing market, increases choice and widens the opportunities for home ownership.

Therefore, proposals for ten or more dwellings will be required to provide an appropriate range and mix of dwelling types and sizes. The Council will work with applicants to determine the correct mix to be provided, based on the context of the site, design considerations and local need. Proposals will therefore need to have regard to:

  • the Council’s relevant and most up to date housing strategies, including the Strategic Housing Market Assessment, the Housing Strategy and any relevant surveys on local housing need,
  • the areas key characteristics and how any proposal will complement the existing built form and/or add variety where necessary,
  • the Council’s policy on residential space standards, as expressed under policy HOU12,
  • the Council’s guidance on the layout and design aspects of new dwellings, as expressed through the Residential Space and Layout SPD.

Proposals for a standalone older persons housing scheme, and flatted proposals will be exempt from providing a range of dwellings types. However, the proposed mix of sizes and tenure (where relevant) of these dwellings will need to be supported by evidence, as set out above.

All qualifying proposals are expected to provide an appropriate mix and range of dwelling types. However, should independently verified viability evidence establish that it is not possible to do so – and this position is supported by the Council – then a degree of flexibility could be applied.

Policy HOU18 - Providing a range and mix of dwelling types and sizes

Development proposals of 10 or more dwellings will be required to deliver a range and mix of dwelling types and sizes to meet local needs. The specific range and mix of dwellings to be provided should be informed by proportionate evidence that is robust, up to date and provides an assessment of need.

Development proposals for standalone older persons housing are exempt from this requirement and will be supported in principle where the need has been identified by extensive and robust evidence, and where they can be located in a suitable and sustainable way.