Policy SCLP5.10 of the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan outlines the requirement for all residential developments with a capacity for ten or more units or sites of 0.5ha or more to make a provision for 1 in 3 units to be affordable.
In exceptional circumstances, where it is not feasible or practical to provide units on site, it may be agreed that a financial contribution (commuted payment) can be paid.
In May 2016 the Government published revisions to the National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) following a Court of Appeal decision, on 11 May 2016, regarding affordable housing contributions for small housing sites. In addition, a 'Vacant Building Credit' is also available to developers to incentivise them to bring vacant buildings back into use. This applies where vacant buildings are proposed to be brought back into lawful use or demolished and redeveloped but does not apply to buildings which have been abandoned. As a result of these changes, we have produced an advice note on how we will consider and apply Vacant Building Credit which was approved by planning committee in September 2018.
Development of new housing within the 13km ‘zone of influence’ of European designated sites, is likely to have a significant effect upon the interest features of the designated sites, through increased recreational pressure, as set out in the emerging Suffolk Recreational Disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Strategy (RAMS). New housing within these areas will be required to mitigate the effects of the development though Section 106 planning obligations. If there are no other S106 obligations for the development, the owner of the land will be required to submit a unilateral undertaking to secure the payment.
Other requirements will be site specific and may include specific highway improvements, provision of a school (on very large developments) or restricting the use of a development (e.g. live/work restrictions etc). These may be identified during pre-application discussions or during the consultation period of the planning application.