A range of around 50 – 150 homes will be provided with final numbers and locations to be determined via the Local Plan Allocations document. The quality of the built and natural environment will be enhanced and protected. Small-scale redevelopment within the village will be supported to provide for new housing and a modest and proportionate level of village growth, whilst maintaining a self-contained community with clear physical boundaries and which complements the character of the existing settlement.
Infill development and the re-use of brownfield land will be prioritised provided that this does not result in a loss of services and facilities which contribute to the function of the settlement as a Key Rural Centre. Sites will be determined via the Local Plan: Allocations document. The determination of locations for housing will take into account current information gathered by, and in conjunction with local communities.
Housing in Shenstone will provide for the needs of the local community, particularly providing a range of affordable homes, starter homes and smaller homes to address downsizing need and the needs of the ageing population.
Lichfield District Council have in place a policies document for Shenstone, which is used when considering potential land use & planning applications.
They also have a SHLAA (Strategic housing land availability assessment), which is non-policy, allowing all land owners to put forward their land for development.
Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments are a key component of the evidence base to support the delivery of sufficient land for housing to meet the community’s need for more homes. These assessments are required by national planning policy, set out in Planning Policy statement 3: Housing (Communities and Local Government, 2006).
A top priority for Government is to ensure that land availability is not a constraint on the delivery of more homes.
Planning policy, as set out in Planning Policy Statement 3:
Housing (PPS3) , underpins the Government’s response to the Barker Review of Housing Supply and the necessary step-change in housing delivery, through a new, more responsive approach to land supply at the local level. It requires local planning authorities to:
identify specific, deliverable sites for the first five years of a plan that are ready for development, and to keep this topped up over-time in response to market information;
identify specific, developable sites for years 6–10, and ideally years 11–15, in plans to enable the five year supply to be topped up;
where it is not possible to identify specific sites for years 11–15 of the plan, indicate broad locations for future growth;
not include an allowance for windfalls in the first 10 years of the plan unless there are justifiable local circumstances that prevent specific sites being identified.