April 2011 - March 2012: Considering consultation responses and updating evidence

Over 400 responses were received commenting on the draft plan.

A number of months were spent during this time collating and summarising these responses and drawing out what potential changes would need to be made to the plan as a result of these comments.  Policies were altered as a result of the comments received and these changes were shared with members in order to draft updated policies.

Alongside this, work was undertaken to update some elements of the Evidence Base:

  • Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment: this important piece of evidence, previously undertaken by consultants, was taken back in-house and a very thorough update completed. During the current assessment each site, and the background evidence submitted, were exhaustively reviewed ensuring that the status, suitability, availability and achievability of each is current and robust. This updated assessment was then published in March 2012.
  • Economic Projections and Employment Land Supply: Work was carried out to update the job growth projections figures, based on more up-to-date economic projections data. A survey was carried out to ascertain employment land supply across the district and potential needs for the future.
  • Population Projections: An update to work carried out on population projections was commissioned in order to understand the most up-to-date information on population growth across the district.
  • Housing Needs Assessment:This assessment was carried out by Justin Gardner Consulting (JGC) in order to provide a robust and up-to-date understanding of housing need and demand within the District. It considers future housing requirements (in terms of the number of homes required to meet need and demand), the mix of housing required (in both the affordable and market sectors) and the housing requirements of specific groups (including older people and those with support needs). The assessment was published in March 2012.
  • Affordable Housing Viability Assessment: An updated version of a 2009 study which explores the economics of affordable housing provision, including an understanding of how a future Community Infrastructure Levy would affect development economics.