Spelthorne Local Plan - Preferred Options Consultation: Policies and Site Allocations

Comment ID pol/209
Document Section Spelthorne Local Plan Preferred Options: policies Spatial policies Policy SP6: River Thames and its Tributaries View all on this section
Respondent Elmbridge Borough Council (Suz… View all by this respondent
Response Date 21 Jan 2020
Comment

Policy SP6: River Thames and its Tributaries & Policy H1: Homes for all

Policy H1 seeks to provide for a range of housing needs including the provision of affordable housing and other specialist types of accommodation. Insofar as houseboats, Policy SP6 seeks to respond to applications for moorings and sets out a criteria-based policy. However, in terms of meeting the requirements of the Housing Act and Housing Bill, we would query whether the provisions have been met and a specific needs assessment completed.
The accommodation needs of those residing in houseboats and providing appropriate moorings is becoming an issue for Elmbridge borough and, given our shared natural environment, would highlight this as a potential issue for your emerging plan.
In regard to affordable housing thresholds and the provision of self and custom build housing, we note the need for further viability work.

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