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Agenda item

Council's Five-Year Housing Land Supply



The officer presented an urgent item to provide clarification to Members on the Council’s Five-Year Housing Land Supply position following the receipt of two materially important appeal decisions since the agenda was published. The officer clarified that the latest assessment was that there was a four-year supply of deliverable housing sites in Sheffield for the period 1st April, 2021 to 31st March, 2026.  The assessment followed the Government Practice Guidance, and was based on available evidence on construction programmes and development constraints, as well as reflecting the number of sites currently available for development.  The officer pointed out that because there is not now a full five-year supply, the most important Local Plan policies for determining any relevant applications for housing were automatically ‘out of date’ and the ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’ applied (referred to as the ‘tilted balance’).  In that situation, Members were advised that planning permission should only be refused for applications involving housing if the adverse effects of doing so would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits when assessed against the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as a whole. This applied with immediate effect and the full details would shortly be published.




Members noted this information.