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Policy 2: Village Confines
The GNDP includes flexibility to account for and reflect potential changes to the Development Plan.
However, Policy 2 sets out a number of exceptional circumstances through which development
outside the Village Confines can be justified. These exceptional circumstances are not consistent
with those currently set out within draft Policy RA2 of the Council’s Local Plan Part 2a. In particular
Policy 2 (and as a result Policy 3 – see below) should be revised to reflect the need to address a
shortfall in five year housing land supply (or three years in the case of a made Neighbourhood Plan
which includes allocations to meet housing needs) , should the case arise.
It is noted that the Council have recently been able to demonstrate a five year supply of housing in
the District, and the housing requirement in the Rural Areas (when measured against the Core
Strategy Policy S3) has been exceeded. However, as set out in the Council’s April 2017 Housing Land
Availability report, 1,404 of the 2,360 dwelling requirement is reliant on planning permissions rather
than completions; and, as noted in the Housing Implementation Strategy 3
Report (January 2018), there are planning permissions that are due to expire (see Moulton, Sandy
Hill Lane North, which has expired) and other sites which will face delayed delivery (see Long Buckby
– East of Station Road).
The GNDP should include sufficient flexibility to reflect the potential for the five year housing supply
position to slip. This is required to ensure conformity with the forthcoming Policy RA2 and to help
address housing need. In its current form the GNDP would be contrary to Paragraph 184 of the NPPF.
Policy 3: Housing General
Although the Council can currently demonstrate a five year housing land supply, this is not something
which can be assumed to remain unchanged – particularly given the GNDP Plan period runs to 2029.
As with Policy 2, we consider that Policy 3 should be amended to be consistent with draft Policy RA2
of the Council’s Local Plan Part 2a (specifically Paragraph 5.2.21) . Despite the current potential
supply of housing in the Rural Areas, we highlight the need for a steady supply of housing to be
provided, including sufficient flexibilit y to ensure sustainable development is promoted throughout
the Plan period. One important aspect of this is the delivery of affordable housing .
In terms of housing numbers in the GNDP, the supporting text within the housing section suggests
that the overall target is up to 28 dwellings, delivered through a range of sites from single dwellings
all the way up to one development of 11 or 12 homes. However, neither GNDP Policy 3 nor the
Policies Map at Figure 9 appear to identify any specific development sites or locations to deliver this
‘small-scale housing’, or the larger site (which is still referred to as ‘small-scale’ despite it being
major development). Given affordable housing will not be delivered on any site below 10 dwellings,
there is no certainty that the local affordable housing need could be delivered through the GNDP.
This raises significant concerns about the ability for the GNDP to plan positively for local housing
The Council’s Housing Needs Survey for Guilsborough (May 2016) sets out the following findings:
• The 2013/14 DCLG data showed Daventry District’s lower quartile house price to income ratio
to be 7.89; i.e. house prices are nearly eight times higher than in comes. The national ratio
at the time was 6.45.
• For Guilsborough Parish the estimated cost of living is 2.36 times the UK average.
• The average price paid for a property in Guilsborough in 2014/15 was just over £444,450.
• 85 responses (27% of Guilsborough Parish) to the Housing Needs Survey were received, with
11 respondents stating they have or could have a housing need. This includes three specific
requests for Affordable Rent, Shared Ownership and Start er Home properties. There are
numerous respondents who require a new home for various reasons including downsizing,
moving out and the need for a larger home.
The most reliable data is the affordability ratio, and looking at the latest ONS figures, the ratio of
lower quartile house price to lower quartile gross annual workplace-based earnings has risen from