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Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) Validation findings – published

The agenda for the October 31st 2013 meeting of the Local Plan Sub-Committee has been published, including the Strategic Housing Market Assessment Validation.

The Strategic Housing Market Assessment Validation findings are:

“Having considered and tested the data (both original and updated), and the methodology used in the SHMA, the assessed level of housing required for Arun district does not appear excessive. The SHMA reports have taken into account key changes in both population (including migration as well as natural change) and household projections in a relatively robust manner. 

Further, the requirements produced are compliant with the National Planning Policy Framework (2012). 

The SHMA has derived a housing requirement target of 575 homes (average) over the planning period. This broadly aligns with our validation exercise, which indicates a requirement for around 620 homes each year on the basis of Mid-trend Migration trends and the most recent household headship rates. 

Nevertheless a consequence of this conclusion is that a large proportion of the new housing required will be provided for households who are not currently resident in the Arun District – a key concern for local stakeholders; this should be noted. ORS, indeed, recognises that the SHMA as it stands perhaps lacks transparency in certain places and, possibly this has contributed to the concerns of local people. 

In summary, therefore our conclusion is that the number of homes identified by the SHMA is not an unreasonable target and is broadly acceptable.”

Here are some thoughts:

VAG, in particular, has invested much energy in seeking to reduce the housing target. It was always an unwinnable argument and that is now clear. VAG now needs to wake up and smell the coffee – fast!

It seems to me that, as a direct result of delays to the Local Plan, most communities across the district are now facing a tsunami of unwelcome planning applications. A swift decision to create a new settlement on brownfield land at Ford Airfield is now the only way to ease the mounting development pressure on all other communities across the district.

A new settlement on brownfield land at Ford Airfield is the best solution for the district (the case for a new settlement is argued elsewhere on this blog). None of the action groups have shown much appetite for making the case for an alternative to village extensions. They will come to regret this!

The process has been prejudiced from the start – but the action groups are not complaining!

Sucking up to Nick Herbert MP has achieved nothing either. When Ford Airfield was under the spotlight for development (a new settlement as an alternative to village extensions) Mr Herbert probably did more than any other person in the district to steer development away from Ford.

He was fully aware that merging the three villages of Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate and a smaller development at Angmering were the most likely alternative when he campaigned against development proposals on brownfield land at Ford Airfield. He had an election to win at the time! 
The parishes of Barnham, Eastergate and Aldingbourne were due to be moved into a neighbouring constituency under the proposed boundary changes.  The problem for Mr Herbert is that the boundary changes are not now going ahead and Barnham, Eastergate and Aldingbourne remain his problem, and a problem largely of his own making. The chickens have come home to roost!

  1. October 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Is vag going to have it’s hand up nick Herbert’s back

    • October 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      The thing about Nick Herbert is that he pops up to oppose housing wherever there is a development proposal. He does it for cheap votes! So does Nick Gibb, so does Nick Soames – they are the NIMBY Nicks!

      What the action groups (VAG in particular) don’t seem to realise is that Herbert is their problem. He successfully “steered” development proposals from Ford to Barnham/Eastergate and Westergate and Angmering and now he is interfering in new settlement proposals between Henfield and Sayers Common in the form of five new villages.

      It’s blindingly obvious that we need the housing and there should be a grown up debate about the merits of new settlements versus village extensions. The actions groups aren’t calling for it and local Conservatives are vehemently opposed to new settlements because they can get cheap votes by opposing them. So the existing communities have to suffer!

  2. October 20, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Ha ha sorry got to laugh so is it new homes in the villages or development at ford

  3. October 19, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    It will be as much use as briefing a chocolate fireguard!

  4. Robin
    October 19, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    VAG has published their latest News Letter which contains the following information . . . .

    “Nick Herbert is supporting another parliamentary debate on 24thOctober and VAG will be briefing him”

    I wonder about what now that ADC have run their flag up the mast?

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