The housing targets are outlined in under policy CP17 in the Adopted Core Strategy (PDF document.)
We identified areas of land where new houses could be built. These areas are referred to as Strategic Development Locations. They are located to the north and south of Wokingham, at Arborfield Garrison and south of the M4.
Smaller sites for housing will come forward through the Managing Development Delivery Local Plan.
Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA)
Undertaking a SHMA is a key requirement of Government’s planning for housing policy, set out in the National Planning Policy Framework on the Gov.uk website and the National Planning Practice Guidance.
The Berkshire and South Bucks SHMA is a technical study undertaken by GL Hearn to assess the future housing need for Berkshire and South Bucks up until 2036. Read the full report, below.
For an overview of the SHMA, see the presentation of the results below.
A sensitivity analysis has been undertaken for the Western Berkshire Housing Market Area to take account of more recent data. Read the full report below.
5 Year Housing Land Supply Statement
A 5 year housing land supply statement is undertaken to include details of whether a five year supply of housing land is available within the borough.
The most recent 5 Year Housing Land Supply Statement can be found below.
Housing and Economic Land Availability (HELAA)
The Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) helps to identify future sources of land to help meet development needs. It is a technical study of all potential land for housing and economic uses (such as offices and retail). The inclusion of land within a HELAA report does not in itself determine that it is suitable for development, or that the land is necessary available for development. Assessments made through a HELAA are indicative only and do not prejudice assessments make through the Local Plan or planning application processes.
The joint methodology has been prepared by Reading Borough Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Slough Borough Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council. The methodology will be used to assess the land for development. It sets out the way the councils broadly propose to assess the suitability of land put forward for development; whether it is available, achievable and whether the development could realistically be built in the timescales expected. Read the full report, below.
We ask for affordable housing to be provided within the borough to assist people who are unable to access suitable accommodation on the open market.
There is more detail about the amount and size of the units required in the supporting text to policy CP5 of our adopted Core Strategy. In addition to policy CP5, we have an Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (PDF Document). The Affordable Housing SPD sets out our approach to securing affordable housing as part of housing development. We are continuing to apply policy CP5 regarding affordable housing thresholds. Read our Affordable Housing Position Statement (PDF document) for more details.
We appointed Levvel to undertake an Affordable Housing Viability Study (PDF document) to assess thresholds, quotas, tenure mixes and grant assumptions. This study was updated in 2009 through the Affordable Housing Viability Study (PDF document) and this has helped us to formulate policies for affordable housing in our local plan documents.
Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showperson Accommodation Assessment
National policy sets out that local planning authorities should make their own assessment of need for Gypsy and Traveller and Travelling Showpeople sites within their area.
The Council commissioned arc4 Ltd to undertake such a study which are commonly referred to as a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessments (GTAA.) The study was completed in May 2017 and updated in September 2017. It replaces the previous study which was completed in 2015. Read the full updated report below.
From 16 April 2017 a new duty has been placed on local planning authorities to prepare, maintain and publish a register of previously developed land (brownfield land) which is suitable for residential development. The register must be published by 31 December 2017 and reviewed at least once each year.
The register will be in 2 parts.
Part 1 of the register will include land
- That covers an area of at least 0.25 hectares or is capable of supporting at least 5 dwellings
- That is suitable for residential development
- That is available for residential development
- Where residential development of the land is achievable and
- Meet the definition of ‘previously developed land’ in the National Planning Policy Framework
- Brownfield sites that have been granted planning permission for residential and are either under construction or not started
The Brownfield Register is available in the formats prescribed by the Government. An additional Geographical Information System (GIS) Shape file layer is also available for download. If an alternate format is required email firstname.lastname@example.org. All 4 files need to be downloaded in order for you to access the GIS layer.
The Brownfield Register sites that do not have planning permission instead have an indicative dwelling capacity attributed to them. This indicative capacity is not a site allocation, rather it is an estimate based on the available evidence and reasonable assumptions and may not accord with any future planning permission granted on the site, which would be subject to more detailed assessment through the development management process.