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Monitoring information


Five-year housing land supply

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council updates its Five-Year Housing Land Supply information annually. The most recent data shows the Council's position as at 1 April 2020 for a five-year period to 31 March 2025.

The Five-Year Housing Land Supply document below explains in detail the approach taken and contains information on all sites and planning permissions that contribute to the land supply.

Recent updates to Planning Policy Guidance and the NPPF (2019) have changed the way that local authorities must calculate their housing targets. Local authorities must now calculate housing figures through the new Standard Method which uses the Household Projections 2014 to calculate housing targets.

The Council has identified that, inclusive of the 5% buffer required by the NPPF (2019), it can currently demonstrate a housing land supply of 4.83 years. The Council therefore considers that it does not currently have a five-year housing land supply.

The next monitoring report covering the period 2020/21 will have regard to any changes introduced to national planning policy and guidance, as well as the status of the new Local Plan.

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Housing Delivery Test

The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) has been introduced as a monitoring instrument to demonstrate whether local authorities are delivering sufficient homes to meet their housing need. The HDT, which was introduced in November 2018, compares the number of new homes delivered over the previous three years with the authority’s housing requirement for those years.

The latest HDT results were published in February 2020 and the Council delivered 86% against the requirement, which means that an Action Plan must be produced.

You can view the Housing Delivery Test Action Plan 2017/18 below. This Action Plan will be updated for 2018/19 in due course.


Local Plan - Authority Monitoring Report

The Council has published an Authority Monitoring Report (AMR) in relation to Local Plan matters. It monitors key contextual indicators in relation to the demographic, social, economic and environmental characteristics of the borough and reviews progress against key indicators relevant to adopted generic Core Strategy policies. It also includes analysis of progress in the production of the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plans in the borough. It specifically reviews progress under the ‘duty to cooperate’ on strategic planning matters.

Taken together, this monitoring provides vital information about the effectiveness of Core Strategy policies and the extent to which they are successful in achieving the council’s strategic aims for the borough, as well as helping to inform policy directions in the new Local Plan.

The AMR, in conjunction with the Council’s Housing Monitoring Reports, fulfils the Council’s obligation to produce an AMR containing the above information at least annually and to make it publicly available. It relates to the period 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, as it coincides with the statistical monitoring period, although in some cases commentary is added relating to more recent events, where this is considered to be helpful.

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