5 Year Housing Supply and Uncontrolled Developments

Rutland County Council published their updated report on the County’s 5 Year housing Supply which can be found on the link https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-services/planning-and-building-control/planning/the-local-plan/housing-supply/

It is encouraging to note that, despite our general pessimism, the 5-year supply has improved to 4.1 years leaving us about 129 homes short to meet the 5-year target. However, in looking at the development sites included in the calculation, there is a significant number of homes which are missing where applications have been approved by the RCC Planning Committee, but because the Sect 106 agreements have yet to be finalised with the developers, these developments cannot be included in the calculations.

The sites in question are

Location Application Number Net Housing Comment
The Crescent, Ketton 2020/1262/MAF 15 Additional homes not in 5 yr supply calculation
Luffenham Rd, Ketton 2021/0751/MAO 16 A/w Sect 106
Park Rd, Ketton 2020/0942/OUT 75 At appeal – not to be contested
Whissendine 2021/1263/OUT 66 A/w Sect 106
Braunston Rd South Oakham 202/1473/MAO 62 A/w Sect 106
Langham East 2021/1334/RES 18 A/w Sect 106
Langham west 2021/1423/MAO 50 A/w Sect 106
 Uppingham Road, Oakham 2021/0794/MAF  80  A/w Sect 106
Total 382


If only one-third of the above homes could be delivered by the end of the 5-year period, we would be very close, if not ahead of the 5-year requirement.

T4R has proposed to the Portfolio Holder Cllr Rosemary Powell and RCC Director of Places, that in the best interests of the County, extra resources should be added to the Council’s Planning team to ensure that all the above Sect 106 agreements are completed as quickly as possible and certainly before the next time the 5-Year housing supply is calculated in September this year. This will then allow us to revert to the Local Plan spatial strategy and significantly reduce the risk of inappropriate development

We have also proposed that a new agenda item be included at future Planning Committee meetings to report progress towards the completion of Sect 106 agreements on all major applications.