average 496 dwellings were completed. Between 2004-05 only 170 homes were built and 2005-06 was also
significantly below target at 367 completions.
The Annual Monitoring Report (AMR) December 2007 states that the Suffolk Structure Plan 2001 is the
relevant plan for monitoring purposes as the East of England Plan Regional Spatial Strategy is in draft.
However, as it is at an advanced stage significant weight needs to be attached to it. The Draft East of
England Plan Panel Report June 2006 increased the Regional Spatial Strategy minimum housing targets for
St Edmundsbury from 8,000 to 10,000. Based on completions between 2001-2006 530 homes will need to be
built per annum between 2006-2021 to achieve the minimum targets. The average annual completion of 496
dwellings between 1996-2007 will therefore need to increase significantly
The AMR includes 629 units from unidentified urban capacity sites. However, there can be no certainty that
the UCS unidentified sites are deliverable within the plan period. There is no assessment that the sites meet
the PPS3 paragraph 54 tests of deliverability (i.e are available, suitable and achievable). As such, it is not
considered that the UCS small sites can properly make a contribution to housing supply in the plan period.
The AMR does not demonstrate a five year supply of housing in PPS3 terms. 2007/08 is the only year that
projected completions on identified sites (653 units) exceeds the housing target. However for 2011-2012 the
projected completions on identified sites only contribute 30 dwellings to the supply target. PPS3 states that
LPAs should identify sufficient specific deliverable sites to deliver housing in the first five years. To be
considered deliverable, sites should at the point of adoption of the relevant Local Development Document be
available, suitable and achievable. The Department for Communities and Local Government has produced an
advice note ‘Demonstrating a Five Year Supply of Deliverable Sites’ which advises that information
supporting the site allocation of a planning permission must clearly demonstrate that there is a reasonable
prospect of housing being delivered within 5 years. The advice note also indicates that it may be necessary to
discuss with relevant developers/owners and/or analyse current housing market conditions to make an
informed judgement on this. There is no evidence in the AMR to demonstrate this research. Therefore in
accordance with paragraph 71 of PPS3 Local Planning Authorities ‘should consider favourably planning
applications for housing, having regard to the Policies in PPS3 including the considerations in paragraph 69 ’
where they cannot demonstrate an up-to-date five year supply of deliverable sites.
The discussion above illustrates that there is not a robust 5 year supply of housing for the borough as
required by PPS3. Growth in the urban areas can not be relied upon on its own to meet the housing targets.
Residential development on suitable previously developed sites in rural areas, particularly those on the edge
of housing settlements, should be supported in addition to urban growth to ensure the targets are met.
Paragraph 3.8 of the Social Profile section of the Core Strategy report highlights that the ‘65+ age group
experienced the greatest increase between 1991 and 2001 with a 48% jump’. As a result it is important that
the evidence base assesses the availability of facilities in the borough for this age group.
A report produced by Savills Research Department assessing the care home supply and demand for Stanton
and the surrounding area (see copy attached) concludes that the study catchment is currently under supplied
in care provision. According to the report care bed supply ratios indicate that to meet national levels of
provision there should be approximately 79 nursing beds per 1000 people over 80. There are 67 beds per
1000 people over 80 years in the catchment. Therefore there is an immediate need for around 100 nursing
beds in the catchment and 830 nursing beds by 2028. This need must be acknowledged within the evidence
As well as meeting proven need, the provision of modern nursing care accommodation has other benefits: -
- The provision of modern purpose built accommodation will encourage more people to move into care
accommodation. Often elderly people remain in their homes longer than may be advisable because
of a shortage of quality accommodation choices.
- Encouraging residents into care accommodation reduces hospital visits and reliance on the health