North Northamptonshire Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) - Executive Summary

Roger Tym and Partners were commissioned to undertake the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for North Northamptonshire. The SHLAA is the first such document produced for North Northamptonshire (the local authority areas of Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering and Wellingborough). The SHLAA considers the potential supply of housing from a range of settlements and planned Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs) across North Northamptonshire, over a 20 year period from a base date of April 2008. The SHLAA is a technical study of housing potential which has been produced on the best available information at a point in time.
North Northamptonshire has been identified as a key part of the Milton Keynes and South Midlands (MKSM) growth area and is required to accommodate significant housing and employment growth to 2021 and beyond. The SHLAA is pivotal to ensuring these objectives can be met.
PPS3 (Housing) establishes the requirement for LPAs to undertake SHLAAs, which are a key component of the evidence base to support the delivery of sufficient land for housing. Through PPS3, the Government is seeking to ensure that land availability is not a constraint on the delivery of more homes. The SHLAA has been undertaken in accordance with PPS3 and the DCLG's SHLAA Practice Guidance, and has taken account of regional and local policy requirements, including the adopted North Northamptonshire Core Spatial Strategy (CSS).
The SHLAA forms part of the Local Development Framework evidence base and sits alongside a range of other technical studies. It does not in any way prejudice decisions to be taken by the Joint Planning Committee or the individual district/borough planning authorities in relation to preferred directions of growth, site identification in Development Plan Documents (DPDs) or the determination of planning applications.
The LPAs will use the SHLAA as a starting point for their consideration of which sites to bring forward as allocations in site specific DPDs. Considerable further work will be required in order to ensure that the identification of sites in such plans is based on sound and up to date information.
As per national guidance, the SHLAA will be reviewed on an annual basis, and it is at this time that new and updated assumptions regarding the sites assessed through the study can be captured.
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Date Published : 6th March 2009

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