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What is the Development Requirements SPD?

We are preparing a Development Requirements Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to provide additional guidance on the interpretation and implementation of a number of policies within the Core Strategy.

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) advises that ‘supplementary planning documents should be used where they can help applicants make successful applications or aid infrastructure delivery' (NPPF, para.153). Under the previous local plan, we prepared a suite of SPDs relating to specific topics such as design, parking, affordable housing, planning obligations etc. In an attempt to simplify our policy documents we are instead now preparing a single document to act as an easy to use point of reference.

As part of this ongoing work, we have recently commissioned an independent report on how we should calculate financial contributions for off-site provision of affordable housing from small sites of 6-10 dwellings and for those sites of 11 of more dwellings where offsite provision through commuted sums is acceptable in lieu of the provision of on-site affordable housing.

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Last updated on 16/07/2018

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