Site Allocations Plan March 2016

Comment ID 14590529//9
Document Section Site Allocations Plan March 2016 Schedule 1: Proposed large sites for residential development over 10 dwellings (Sites marked with a * are mixed use sites). Weston-super-Mare Winterstoke Village View all on this section
Respondent Persimmon Homes Severn Valley View all by this respondent
Response Date 28 Apr 2016

Weston Villages – Delivery Rates

We note that the total allocation at Weston-super-Mare is now 12,874, which equates to a delivery rate of 644 dwellings per annum over the plan period. This compares with a completion rate of only 348 in Weston-super-Mare during the period 2006-2015. Whilst clearly Weston Villages only contributed figures in the latter part of that period and its delivery will rise as other parts of the development area begin and the number of outlets expand, the increase from a delivery rate of 348 to a required rate over the remaining 10 years of the plan to 974 (an increase of 179%) is substantial. Whilst increased availability of sites with planning permission and number of outlets will lead to an increase in numbers the market for housing in the area will also have an impact and we note that the Council’s 5 year housing land supply trajectory for Haywood Village 1 and 2 is less than 140 dwellings per annum (in line with our own expectations) at a time where there is only limited competition from other outlets in Weston-super-Mare.

Persimmon Homes Severn Valley are increasing the number of outlets at Haywood Village in order to contribute to an increase in the delivery rate at Weston Villages. However market conditions can change. Therefore we conclude in relation to this issue that the reliance on a flexibility allowance about 1% is unrealistic on the basis that this then requires one submarket area to deliver 9,117 dwellings out of a total requirement of 13,688 over the remainder of the plan period, or nearly 67% of the requirement.