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Objective Assessment of Housing Need Update (April 2017) (4,984K)

Under the National Planning Policy Framework Local Planning Authorities are required to prepare an Objective Assessment of Housing Need for the Housing Market Area in which they sit. The preparation of this is informed by strict guidelines which are designed to ensure that the report genuinely identifies the housing requirement for the Plan area to be met by the Plan.

Planning Authorities are required to demonstrate a 5 year land supply for the delivery of housing. This requirement is demonstrated via the Wyre Forest Five Year Housing Land Supply Report (September 2017) which utilises the OAHN (April 2017) as its baseline for calculation.

View the Wyre Forest Five Year Housing Land Supply Report (September 2017)

Appendices to 5 year housing land supply report (September 2017)

View the latest Residential Land Availability Report October 2016.

Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (2016)

Under the National Planning Policy Framework, Local Planning Authorities are required to prepare a Housing And Economic Land Availability Assessment. This identifies the future land supply which could help to deliver the objectively assessed needs identified for housing and economic development in Wyre Forest District across the plan period (2016-32). It helps the Council understand the level of growth it can plan for and where that growth could potentially go.

View the Housing and Economic Land Availabilty Assessment Report (2016)

Site Assessment Sheets Kidderminster

Aggborough and Spennells Ward (933K)

Blakebrook and Habberley South Ward (2,241K)

Broadwaters Ward (482K)

Foley Park and Hoobrook Ward (1,297K)

Franche and Habberley North Ward (676K)

Offmore and Comberton Ward (1.039K)

Site Assessment Sheets Stourport-on-Severn

Areley Kings and Riverside Ward (1,270K)

Lickhill Ward (589K)

Mitton Ward (1,929K)

Site Assessment Sheets Bewdley and Rural West

Bewdley and Rock Ward (1,677K)

Wribbenhall and Arley Ward (738K)

Site Assessment Sheets Rural East

Wyre Forest Rural Ward (2,695K)

Maps (8,735K)

View the Call for Sites letter (July 2014) (123K)

View the Call for Sites Form (300K)

Call for Sites - What Happens Next?

The District Council is undertaking a Local Plan Review. The information gathered from the latest Call For Sites will be used to help inform the generation of growth options for the Local Plan Review.

The latest Call for Sites was undertaken as part of the Local Plan Review Preferred Options which ran from 15th June 2017 to 14th August 2017. An Issues & Options consultation was also undertaken from 1st September 2015 until 16th October 2015, and a Call for Sites was undertaken during Autumn 2014.

As part of the evidence base for the Local Plan Review, a Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) was prepared in 2016. The sites in this HELAA report were assessed by an independent panel. The HELAA will now be updated to include any additional sites submitted as part of the recent Call for Sites during the Preferred Options consultation. This technical evidence base will then help to inform the allocation of sites which will be identified at the Pre-Submission stage of the Local Plan process. In order to finalise the HELAA, we will not be accepting any further potential sites.

Please note that the submission of a site does not mean that the site will be allocated for development in the Local Plan. A ‘Call for Sites’ is simply a means to establish which sites could potentially come forward for future development for the Council to consider as part of the Local Plan process.


Evidence predating preparation of the Local Plan Review

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Updates

Further updates of the 2009 SHLAA have been undertaken to reflect changes in residential permissions. Revised housing trajectories have been developed at each update. The reports need to be read in conjunction with the original SHLAA.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Update 2015 (289K)

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Update 2014 (799Kb)

View the updated SHLAA (1st April 2013) (752K)

View the updated SHLAA (1st April 2012) (3,071K)

View the updated SHLAA (1st April 2010) (11.1MB)

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA)(2009)

The SHLAA provides the evidence base to support the delivery of sufficient land to meet the District's need for more homes. The Assessment has been carried out in accordance with current government guidance. The purpose of the SHLAA is to identify possible sites for housing in the District; to assess the sites for their housing potential; and to assess when the sites could be delivered.

View the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment Report (3,900K)

View the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment site location maps (5,286K)

View the Site Assessment Sheets for all sites under construction as at April 1st 2009 (1,725K)

View the Site Assessment Sheets for all sites with permission for housing (not yet started) as at April 1st 2009 or allocated for housing in the Wyre Forest District Local Plan (2004) (4,002K)

View the Site Assessment Sheets for sites allocated as Areas of Development Restraint (ADR) in the Wyre Forest District Local Plan (2004) (1,276K)

View the Site Assessment Sheets for suggested sites in Kidderminster (8,650K)

View the Site Assessment Sheets for suggested sites in Stourport on Severn (4,564K)

View the Site Assessment Sheets for suggested sites in Bewdley (3,478K)

View the Site Assessment Sheets for suggested sites in Rural Areas (3,512K)

Consultants, GVA Grimley, have been appointed to undertake detailed viability assessments on a sample of the sites. The findings of this work are now available.  

View the Viability Assessment of SHLAA Sites (November 2009) (2.52 MB)

View the Viability Assessment of SHLAA Sites: Addendum (March 2010) (2,107K)

Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)

The SHMA is an assessment of housing market influences, current and future housing demand issues, impacts of past and planned housing supply and the impacts of economic and demographic changes. In 2011, the six Worcestershire Districts commissioned GVA and Edge Analytics to prepare a SHMA to cover the County.

View the Strategic Housing Market Assessment Report (February 2012) (4976K)

View the Wyre Forest Overview (2923K)

View the Worcestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment Monitoring Report 2011/12 (2637K)

View the Worcestershire Strategic Housing Market Assessment Monitoring Report 2012/13 (3796K)

Housing Delivery

A technical paper was produced in October 2012 to set out the background to the District’s housing allocations. 

View the Housing Technical Paper (October 2012) (6421Kb)

A Housing Implementation Strategy was also produce in October 2012 to set out how the District anticipates to deliver the housing target set out within the Adopted Core Strategy over the plan period. 

View the Housing Implementation Strategy (October 2012) (459Kb). 

Settlement Hierarchy Technical Paper 

A technical paper has been produced to set out the background to the settlement hierarchy within the Core Strategy.

View the Settlement Hierarchy Technical Paper (October 2009) (1.78MB)

Planning Authorities are required to demonstrate a 5 year land supply for the delivery of housing. This requirement is demonstrated via the Wyre Forest Five Year Housing Land Supply Report (September 2017) which utilises the OAHN (April 2017) as its baseline for calculation.



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