New rules in Planning Policy Statement 3 on Housing (PPS3) prevent local authorities from relying on unexpected ‘windfall’ sites when planning where new homes will be built. In the past, these sites have played an important role in helping Brighton & Hove to reach and even exceed its housing targets.
‘Windfalls’ are sites that have not been identified for housing prior to submission of a planning application and this may well undermine Brighton & Hove’s proposed target in the Local Development Framework (LDF) for 60% of development on brownfield (previously used) land.
The new housing rules in PPS3 encourage councils to use greenfield land as a reserve for new homes.
Windfall sites such as small industrial sites, car parks or bus depots often become available for housing after development plans are written, but an allowance for such sites can no longer be built into councils’ plans.
Councils must therefore identify extra greenfield land for potential housing, but once it is identified – even as a reserve site – Planning Inquiry Inspectors may bring it forward for development.
This will put even greater pressure on local authorities to develop existing brownfield sites to their maximum potential if regional housing targets are to be met while at the same time preserving green spaces.
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Local Development Framework
Brighton & Hove City Council