Housing (Local Plan)

Housing Need in Sefton further detail (Fordham Research 2010) (pdf 602KB)
Sefton Housing Search and Expectations Study (Fordham Research 2010) (pdf 646KB)
Report to Sefton Council’s Cabinet about Housing restraint and Affordable Housing (SMBC 2008) (pdf 143KB)
Scope for Affordable Rent in Sefton (Richard Fordham & Company and Fordham Research 2011) (pdf 2.64MB)

The Council's current affordable housing negotiating position is as set out in the H3 Quarterly Update report (See below) at Section 5 and the Annex.

The are, however, important changes to the above, as set out in the following documents, and which need to be read sequentially:

i) Planning/Cabinet Member and Cabinet report (3rd September 2009) (See below)

namely that the affordable housing requirement is now split by 80% social rented and 20% intermediate housing, as advised by Fordham Associates in the 2008 Strategic Housing Market Assessment, and recommended by Planning Committee and Cabinet Member - Regeneration and agreed by Cabinet. See Recommendation (ii) and para 5.8 of the report.

ii) Planning/Cabinet Member and Cabinet report (30th September 2010) (See below)

namely that the S106 affordable housing requirement for Bootle (comprising the three wards of Derby, Linacre and Litherland) is relaxed with immediate effect, as recommended by Planning Committee and Cabinet Member - Regeneration and agreed by Cabinet. See the second set of recommendations re affordable housing and specifically Recommendation (ii) and, inter alia, paras 2.14, 4.4 and 4.5 of the report.

iii) Planning and Cabinet report (1st March 2012) (See below)

notwithstanding (i) above, planning applications received with effect from noon on 13th March 2012, for developments of 15 units or more would normally be expected to deliver 30% affordable housing measured by bedspaces, subject to economic viability. This should be split by 80% social rented housing and 20% Shared Ownership housing and related tenures as listed as intermediate housing housing in Annex B: Definitions of Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing. Furthermore, S106 schemes should not in general deliver any Affordable Rent housing. However, where exceptionally such provision is allowed it is essential that land values should be the same as for social rented housing to ensure that the increased land value should not be taken up by the landowner/developer.

H3 Quarterly Update report (pdf 143KB)
Planning/Cabinet Member and Cabinet report (3rd September 2009) (pdf 116KB)
Planning/Cabinet Member and Cabinet report (30th September 2010) (pdf 101KB)
Planning and Cabinet report (1st March 2012) (pdf 82KB)

The Council commissioned an assessment of the demand for Custom Build Homes in the borough. This was approved in September 2015.

Study To Assess The Potential For Self And Custom Build Homes In Sefton 14Th September 2015 (pdf 784KB)

In response to the study the Council have set up an online form to allow people to register an interest in self or custom-building their own home. This can be accessed below. 

Register an interest in custom or self-building you own home.

 

 

The Council commissioned a Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment with Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, West Lancashire and Wirral Council in 2013. This was approved by Cabinet on 11th September 2014. 

Since the Merseyside and West Lancashire Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment was approved in September 2014 a minor modification, to correct a typographical error, was made to the footnote at table 6.1.

NLP was appointed by Sefton Borough Council to prepare its housing needs evidence base in March 2011. The analysis was subsequently updated in 2012 and 2014 to take into account newly released data, which is used to build up a picture of housing need. This report provides the basis for the housing requirement in the Local Plan Publication document.

Review of the Objectively Assessed Need for Housing in Sefton [NLP, 2014] (pdf 3.61MB)
Appendix 4 Population Estimates and Forecasts (pdf 230KB)

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners were appointed in 2012 to update their housing requirement study based on the most recent demographic and other information. This work will help to inform Sefton’s emerging Local Plan.

Review of the housing requirement study and the original study that Nathaniel Lichfield produced in March 2011 can be downloaded below.

Review of the housing requirement study - December 2012 (pdf 1009KB)
Review of the housing requirement study - March 2011 (pdf 2.13MB)

To ensure that we set our affordable housing policies at realistic and achievable levels, we have commissioned an economic investment of affordable housing in Sefton.

The study was prepared on our behalf by consultants and was available for consultation throughout April and May 2010. Comments received helped to inform the final study, which we are seeking approval for this at Cabinet in September.

Final Informed Economic Assessment of Affordable Homes (pdf 1.56MB)
Comments (and responses) received during consultation (pdf 83KB)

The purpose of the SHLAA is to assess which sites are available for housing over the coming years, and when they are likely to be delivered. The SHLAA is updated annually to take into account new sites that have emerged or changed circumstances.

A summary report of the SHLAA findings and methodology and the site assessments (by settlement) can be downloaded below:

Final SHLAA 2014 Report (pdf 621KB)
Bootle sites – in potential housing supply (pdf 2.01MB)
Bootle sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 1.48MB)
Bootle sites - with planning permission (pdf 1.07MB)
Netherton sites – in potential housing supply (pdf 1.32MB)
Netherton sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 819KB)
Netherton sites - with planning permission (pdf 389KB)
Crosby/Hightown sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 723KB)
Crosby/Hightown sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 380KB)
Crosby/Hightown sites - with planning permission (pdf 445KB)
Formby sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 120KB)
Formby sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 226KB)
Formby sites - with planning permission (pdf 267KB)
Maghull/Aintree sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 386KB)
Maghull/Aintree sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 815KB)
Maghull/Aintree sites - with planning permission (pdf 392KB)
Southport sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 860KB)
Southport sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 1.16MB)
Southport sites - with planning permission (pdf 1.14MB)

The purpose of the SHLAA is to assess which sites are available for housing over the coming years, and when they are likely to be delivered. The SHLAA is updated annually to take into account new sites that have emerged or changed circumstances.

A summary report of the SHLAA findings and methodology and the site assessments (by settlement) can be downloaded below:

Final SHLAA 2013 Report (pdf 623KB)
Bootle sites – in potential housing supply (pdf 2.92MB)
Bootle sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 2.17MB)
Bootle sites - with planning permission (pdf 950KB)
Netherton sites – in potential housing supply (pdf 2.18MB)
Netherton sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 276KB)
Netherton sites - with planning permission (pdf 263KB)
Crosby/Hightown sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 1.21MB)
Crosby/Hightown sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 686KB)
Crosby/Hightown sites - with planning permission (pdf 316KB)
Formby sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 525KB)
Formby sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 275KB)
Formby sites - with planning permission (pdf 121KB)
Maghull/Aintree sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 565KB)
Maghull/Aintree sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 1.24MB)
Maghull/Aintree sites - with planning permission (pdf 253KB)
Southport sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 1.4MB)
Southport sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 1.5MB)
Southport sites - with planning permission (pdf 677KB)
Appendix 4 Response To Consultation Comments (pdf 464KB)

The 2012 SHLAA Study update has assessed how much land could potentially be suitable and available for housing over the coming years and where this could be located. The study will be used to help shape the Council’s planning and housing policies.

The 2012 Study is base-dated to 1st April 2012. In line with government guidance, the SHLAA will be updated annually to take account of new sites that emerge and changes in circumstance.

The original 2008 study is still available to view. The 2010 update, and 2011 update are also available to view.

Please call 0151 934 3555 if you have any enquiries

SHLAA Methodology & Findings (pdf 440KB)
Table of all sites without Planning Permission in the housing supply (pdf 418KB)
Bootle/Netherton: Sites without planning permission in housing supply (pdf 3.07MB)
Bootle/Netherton: Sites without planning permission not in housing supply (pdf 1.86MB)
Crosby/Hightown: Sites without planning permission in housing supply (pdf 1.47MB)
Crosby/Hightown: Sites without planning permission not in housing supply (pdf 1013KB)
Formby: Sites without planning permission in housing supply (pdf 459KB)
Formby: Sites without planning permission not in housing supply (pdf 707KB)
Maghull/Aintree: Sites without planning permission in housing supply (pdf 728KB)
Maghull/Aintree: Sites without planning permission not in housing supply (pdf 1.42MB)
Southport: Sites without planning permission in housing supply (pdf 2.42MB)
Southport: Sites without planning permission not in housing supply (pdf 2.11MB)
Bootle/Netherton: Sites with planning permission for housing (pdf 2.77MB)
Crosby/Hightown: Sites with planning permission for housing (pdf 345KB)
Formby: Sites with planning permission for housing (pdf 1.06MB)
Maghull/Aintree: Sites with planning permission for housing (pdf 1.35MB)
Southport: Sites with planning permission for housing (pdf 739KB)

The 2011 SHLAA Study update has assessed how much land could potentially be available for housing over the coming years and where this could be located.The study will be used to shape the Council’s planning and housing policies.

The 2011 Study has updated our original SHLAA which was base-dated to 1st April 2010

Please call 0151 934 3555 if you have any enquiries

SHLAA 2011 Methodology & Findings (pdf 143KB)
Appendix 1 – Trajectory of sites with planning permission (pdf 59KB)
Bootle sites – in potential housing supply (pdf 1.68MB)
Bootle sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 2.01MB)
Netherton sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 982KB)
Netherton sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 1.15MB)
Crosby/Hightown sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 826KB)
Crosby/Hightown sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 2.35MB)
Formby sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 399KB)
Formby sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 1.41MB)
Maghull/Aintree sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 398KB)
Maghull/Aintree sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 1.97MB)
Southport sites - in potential housing supply (pdf 2.05MB)
Southport sites - not in potential housing supply (pdf 2.85MB)

Justin Gardner Consulting (JGC) in association with Chris Broughton Associates, were commissioned to carry out a comprehensive Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) for Sefton Council. The purpose of the SHMA is to provide a long-term strategic assessment of both housing need and demand.

Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2014 (pdf 1.52MB)

We ran a 6 week public and stakeholder consultation on the draft SHMA for the Borough, with consultation ending on 23rd April 2009. Independent consultants Fordham Research , who prepared the report, have considered the responses that were received to the draft document and have produced a final report, taking account of these comments, which can be viewed below.

The study will help to shape our housing strategy and future development plans, alongside other evidence and policy considerations. It may also be taken into account in negotiating affordable housing provision on appropriate new housing sites.

Consultants have estimated housing need and demand across the Borough, including the need for affordable housing. The study has also looked at the accommodation requirements of specific groups such as black and minority ethnic households, key workers and older people.

If you wish to speak to someone about the study, please call (0151) 934 3551/3555.

SHMA 2008: Final Report - Part 1 (pdf 5.15MB)
SHMA 2008: Final Report - Part 2 (pdf 3.32MB)
Appendix A7 Survey Questionnaire (pdf 922KB)
SHMA 2008 overview (pdf 39KB)
SHMAA 2008 Executive Summary (pdf 2.35MB)
Summary of Responses from Fordham Research to the Public Consultation (pdf 392KB)
Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2008 (19th August 2009 – Planning, 2nd September 2009 - Cabinet Member – Regeneration, 3rd September 2009 - Cabinet) (pdf 116KB)

Last Updated on 15 August 2017

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