DEV8 - Meeting local housing need in the Thriving Towns and Villages Policy Area

The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan is now at the public examination stage. Keep up to date with what's happening on our Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan: Examination page.

The LPAs will seek to deliver a wide choice of high quality homes which widen opportunities for home ownership, meet needs for social and rented housing, and create sustainable, inclusive and mixed communities. The following provisions will apply:

1.     A mix of housing sizes, types and tenure appropriate to the area and as supported by local housing evidence should be provided, to ensure that there is a range of housing, broadening choice and meeting specialist needs for existing and future residents. The most particular needs in the policy area are:

i.      Homes that redress an imbalance within the existing housing stock.

ii.         Housing suitable for households with specific need.

iii.    Dwellings most suited to younger people, working families and older people who wish to retain a sense of self-sufficiency.

2.    Within rural areas and areas with special designations:

i.      All residential developments of 6 to 10 dwellings will provide an off-site commuted sum to deliver affordable housing to the equivalent of 30% of the total number of dwellings in the scheme.

ii.     All residential developments of 11 dwellings or more will provide 30% affordable housing on site. 

3.     Within the Main Towns, outside of areas with special designations, a minimum of 30% on-site affordable housing will be sought for all schemes of 11 or more dwellings.

4.     In identified High Value Areas, proposals for large, single dwelling houses with a gross floorspace exceeding 200 sq m in schemes of less than 6 homes will be required to provide an off-site commuted sum to deliver affordable housing in an appropriate location to help meet local housing needs.