South West RSS examination success

February 20, 2008 8:13 pm Published by

Tetlow King Planning has achieved some major successes on behalf of the National Housing Federation, the Chartered Institute of Housing and the South West RSL Planning Consortium following the appearance by Robin Tetlow, Chairman, at twelve sessions of the Examination in Public (EiP) of the South West Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) held in Exeter between April and June 2007.

The RSS covers the period 2006 to 2026 and is intended to replace the existing Regional Planning Guidance for the South West.  It is the key strategic planning document for the Region, and in short determines the overall numbers of homes, their spatial distribution and the proportion of them that will be affordable.

The Panel Report, published in January 2008, supported many of the representations we made, especially regarding the overall housing numbers and the affordable housing target.

Policy Draft RSS Proposed TKP Ask Panel Recommendation
Overall Housing Numbers 23,060 28,000-30,000 At least 28,000
Affordable Housing Target 7,500 10,000 10,000

The distribution of the additional housing was also broadly in line with what we advocated.  The Panel recommend that the provision of housing outside the designated Strategically Significant Cities and Towns (SSCTs) should be increased by around 15%.  This will mean that more rural areas of the Region will see increased development.

The Secretary of State is now considering the recommendations with a view to publishing Proposed Changes upon which there will be further consultation prior to ultimate approval in early 2009.