Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options) October 2010

Draft Core Strategy (incorporating Preferred Options)

Likely Profile of Household Types requiring Market Housing

8.41 National[1] policy expects local planning authorities to set out the desired profile of household types requiring market housing based upon the findings of the Strategic Housing Market Assessment and developers should take this evidence into account when bringing proposals forward for market housing. The findings for South Somerset are set out below. It is noteworthy that 36% of that demand comes from households consisting of persons of pensionable age:

Figure 23: Households requiring market housing[2]
Figure 24: Households requiring market housing

8.42 It should be noted that the planning system cannot control the tenure of market housing or the households who occupy those homes but it can and should influence size and number of bedrooms and provide for a sustainable and mixed form of development.

Policy HG5 Achieving a mix of Market Housing

A range of market housing types, tenures and sizes should be provided across the District on large sites that can reasonably meet the market housing needs of the residents of South Somerset based on the evidence from the Strategic Housing Market Assessment or successor documents. The mix should contribute to the provision of sustainable and balanced communities.

On small sites housing types and sizes should be provided that, taken in the context of existing surrounding dwellings, contribute to that provision of sustainable, balanced communities.

1. Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing (2010) [back]
2. Taunton and South Somerset Housing Market Areas Strategic Housing Market Assessment Executive Summary 2009 [back]