Globe was recently asked to provide a client with an update on the housing planning policy position on the East Lindsey coastline. The short commentary we offered may be of wider interest.
“In essence the draft approach advocated in the East Lindsey District Council Core Strategy was that of maintaining a stable population for the coast. As a consequence and mindful of existing housing commitments (including planning permissions already granted) there was no apparent intention to allocate further in Skegness and only limited allocations for other identified parts of the coast. From memory the intention was for only 1600 new dwellings on the coast over the full plan period (until 2028).
Other aims for the coast suggested support for regeneration but how this would be achieved without new supporting housing is difficult to see!
The reason for the no growth/maintain a stable population along the coast was predominantly informed by flood risk issues.
The recent advice given to ELDC by the Inspector (the same one who has strongly challenged the Central Lincolnshire Joint Policy Unit’s Core Strategy) has amongst other things required ELDC to review their strategy and housing growth agenda. More specifically the the Council was advised that to have a plan that is acceptable, the housing target for the District should be in line with future demographic growth and land that could accommodate that development had to be identified in the Plan.
Whether this provides any opportunity for review of the approach to coastal development remains to be seen, however I note that in their recent ‘call for sites’ Skegness still didn’t feature.
An associated point related to a contrary intention to potentially support affordable housing schemes that responded to existing local need. This was seen as acceptable on the basis of wider community benefit. The Inspector’s comments may also throw this policy position back a step or two though since he’s questioned (rightly in our opinion) other policies that would have allowed open market housing to cross subsidise the affordable and therefore potentially undermine their emerging strategy.”