Residential Sites 5-50 Units


The Government recognises the urgent need to bring forward more land for housing. This is demonstrated in the National Planning Policy Framework which wants planning to think big in how it goes about achieving this objective. Housing land supply targets offer a tangible figure for the need for housing in each area and encourages local authorities to consider larger strategic sites. This can have positive effects in stimulating the local economy, driving innovation as the site and infrastructure are developed, as well as providing a significant uplift in the value of land.

However, larger sites differ in their scale and complexity meaning that they take time to plan and require significant upfront capital investment. Every site is different, and there is a need for local authorities to understand the barriers and drivers of delivery in their area and seek to allocate appropriate housing sites.

Is planning permission required? (How to obtain planning permission?)

In short, yes. Before any homes can be built on-site, an outline or full planning application needs to be submitted and planning permission (followed by reserved matters approval for outline applications) has to be granted. A legal agreement will generally need to be entered into which will set out any developer contributions necessary. Finally, pre-commencement conditions need to be discharged before any development start on-site.

An alternative route is to get the land ‘allocated’. This can be undertaken through the Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA), local plan and/or neighbourhood plans. During the production and review of these documents a ‘call-for-sites’ will open at which point your site can be submitted and considered for adoption. The process does not grant planning permission but is a high level assessment used as a starting point to decide whether sites could be developed for housing.

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What is the process for this type of application?

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What are the main issues that need to be overcome?

Principle of the proposal – large scale residential

We have to firstly make sure the Local Planning Authority are happy with the proposal in principle, asking the question - does the development meet local and national planning policy? As well as the principle, there are lots of other factors that come into planning for large scale residential development including:

  • Likelihood of flooding
  • Highways safety and impact
  • Impact on public rights of way
  • Impact on designations such as Green Belt, green space or AONBs
  • Noise
  • Neighbour amenity
  • Ecology
  • Lay out (urban design)
  • Density
  • Housing mix
  • Developer contributions and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
  • Energy statement
  • Telecommunications and broadband

Other factors have to be thought very carefully about:

  • Design
  • Materials
  • Scale
  • Siting
  • Drainage

How The Rural Planning Co can help

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