Updated Housing Evidence Page
Under the National Planning Policy Framework Local Planning Authorities are required to prepare an Objective Assessment of Housing Need. The latest Housing Need Study for Wyre Forest District has used the Government’s Standardised Methodology for calculating housing need.
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 2018).
Previous Version of OAHN
Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA)
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 (2016-36). It helps the Council understand the level of growth it can plan for and where that growth could potentially go.
Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (2016)
Call for Sites - What Happens Next?
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 has now been updated to include additional sites submitted as part of the Call for Sites during the Preferred Options consultation. This technical evidence base has helped to inform the allocation of sites which are identified at the Pre-Submission stage of the Local Plan process. We will not be accepting any further potential sites.
Please note that the submission of a call for 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)(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.
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.
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 Wyre Forest Overview (2923K)
A technical paper was produced in October 2012 to set out the background to the District’s housing allocations.
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.
Settlement Hierarchy Technical Paper
A technical paper has been produced to set out the background to the settlement hierarchy within the Core Strategy.
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.