The National Planning Policy Framework requires local authorities to undertake Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments (SHLAA) to help identify potential sites for residential development. The SHLAA is an assessment of how many units can be accommodated on identified sites and suggests the timeframe for when these sites are likely to be available.
One of the Government's main objectives in the National Planning Policy Framework is to ensure a sufficient supply of deliverable housing sites to meet the housing targets. The Council has done an assessment of all its sites within the SHLAA 2020 to determine whether they meet the deliverability tests in the National Planning Policy Framework and can contribute to the five-year supply of housing land. The deliverability summary is available to download below.
Housing Delivery Test Action Plan
In February 2019, the Government released the 'Housing Delivery Test' figures for all local authorities in England for the first time. The test is an assessment of whether Councils and other planning authorities are overseeing development of enough homes for their area.
In Bury 60% of the new homes needed have been built - 979 out of 1,635. This result means that we need to write an 'Action Plan' to show what we are going to do to increase the number of new homes built across Bury.
Bury's Housing Delivery Test Action Plan is available to download below.
Greater Manchester Gypsy and Travellers Accommodation Assessment
The Government has recently published national 'Planning Policy for Traveller Sites'. It states that local authorities, individually or collectively, should undertake accommodation assessments in order to help identify local accommodation needs and to help determine the numbers of pitches / plots that are required in each area. Bury, together with the other nine AGMA districts, appointed consultants (Arc4) to undertake this assessment to help identify needs and to form part of the local evidence base of Local Plans.