Planning policy – monitoring and information

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Policies, reviews, registers and reports relating to housing land supply and availability, flood risk, self-build and custom-build.

Planning policies

The aim of central Government is to ensure that 90 per cent of suitable brownfield sites have planning permission for housing by 2020.

To achieve this Government require all Local Planning Authorities to produce a brownfield register.

Only sites that meet the Government’s definition of brownfield land will be considered:

‘Land which is or was occupied by a permanent structure, including the curtilage of the developed land (although it should not be assumed that the whole of the curtilage should be developed) and any associated fixed surface infrastructure.’

This excludes:

  • land that is or has been occupied by agricultural or forestry buildings
  • land that has been developed for minerals extraction or waste disposal by landfill purposes where provision for restoration has been made through development control procedures
  • land in built-up areas such as private residential gardens, parks, recreation grounds and allotments
  • land that was previously-developed but where the remains of the permanent structure or fixed surface structure have blended into the landscape in the process of time

To be considered suitable for housing, sites must meet the above definition of brownfield land and must be:

  • available (either in the short term within five years or in the medium term between six and 10 years)
  • capable of accommodating five or more dwellings or more than 0.25 hectares – although smaller sites may also be considered
  • capable of development, for example, suitable for residential use and free from constraints that cannot be mitigated

Download Brownfield register CSV file

We are reviewing our Five Year Housing Land Supply position statement.

If you have any questions on this matter please contact the spatial planning team.

Housing Delivery Action Plan

In 2019 the Government formally introduced a new national test to assess housing delivery in local authority areas.  The first ever set of Housing Delivery Test results were published on 19 February 2019. The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) provides transparency about where housing is, or is not, being delivered in relation to the number of homes communities require.  It is based on a three year rolling period for delivery, against the relevant housing target for that period.

The HDT identified North Lincolnshire as achieving 73 per cent of its housing requirement. As a result, we are required to produce a Housing Delivery Action Plan [PDF, 91Kb] and plan for a 20 per cent buffer, as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Council is producing a monitoring report for the Local Plan. This document will be published once it has been completed.

The Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015, places a duty on local authorities in England to keep, and have regard to, a register of people and groups interested in self-build and custom-build housing.

The Government wants to enable more people to build or commission their own home. The register will help inform the council about the level of demand for these types of homes in North Lincolnshire. This information may also help us to consider housing and planning policies to assist self-build and custom-build housing projects, and explore options to bring people and plots together. Further information is available on the Government’s planning practice guidance portal.

The register is to express an interest in serviced sites; these are plots of land that have access to a public highway, and connections for electricity, water and waste water.

Registration does not guarantee that a suitable plot will be identified, or become available.

The report considers the extent to which potential development sites that have been identified within North Lincolnshire are at risk of flooding. It informs the process of allocating sites for development through the preparation of the Local Plan. This document will be published shortly. It should be read alongside the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment.

The Strategic Housing & Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) is an evidence-based document that identifies land that is suitable and available for housing development in North Lincolnshire. It helps to make sure we have an adequate supply of sites to meet the areas housing needs. The SHELAA also incorporates the Employment Land Review that provides an assessment of employment land in North Lincolnshire and is an evidence base document that will support local employment land policies. The SHELAA can be found in the evidence base.

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) was adopted in August 2012. They are prepared as a requirement of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as evidence towards helping local planning authorities make decisions on development proposals in flood risk areas.

It also forms evidence for other important documents such as Sustainability Appraisals of planning policy documents and is the basis from which to apply the Sequential and Exception Tests.

To find out which flood risk zone your site or property is in, the SFRA Mapping can be viewed through our  interactive mapping system

Please contact us for any associated documents of the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.