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Appendix 1
This appendix summarises the housing land situation as at 1 April 2004.  A more detailed breakdown of the information is provided within the Local Plan Monitoring Report and Revised Urban Capacity Study, both of which are background papers to the Local Plan.
One of the key responsibilities of the Council is to ensure that there is sufficient housing land to meet the requirements of the District over the period of the Local Plan, 2001-2021.  The plan aims to focus the majority of development in urban areas and to conform generally with the strategic housing requirement of the Lincolnshire Structure Plan for the period 2001-2021.  The Structure Plan allocates 7600 dwellings to be distributed 5700 (75%) dwellings to the urban areas, namely the 5 towns, and 1900 (25%) to the rural areas as shown by Table 1.
The Housing Chapter explains how the new plan proposes to control development further by limiting where new planning permissions will be granted.  In order to address the strategic housing aims for the District the plan aims to direct the majority of housing development towards the Main Town of Spalding.  However the policies also aim to bring forward some new development in the Area Centres, namely the other four towns, namely Crowland, Holbeach, Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge and the main village of Donington.  Given the sustainable development objectives of the plan, and the constraints on overall housing numbers the spatial strategy does not provide for major growth of the smaller villages. 
The effect of the measures set out in the Housing Chapter is that the amount of new housing supply conforms to that required by the Structure Plan.
Table 1: Structure Plan strategic housing provision
Location Emerging Structure plan
requirement 2001-2021
Per annum %
Urban Areas (5 towns) 5700 285 75
Rural Areas 1900 95 25
District Total 7600 380 100
Table 2 reveals the housing land availability situation and shows the number of properties under construction and those not started as at 1 April 2004.  Completions are also shown from the base date of the plan, 1 April 2001 up to 1 April 2004.  The table identifies that there is still a higher level of development in the rural areas than that which policy allows for in the Structure Plan.  However the policies in the Local Plan have helped bring the distribution of development more in line with the spatial strategy and housing provision set out in the Structure Plan since 2001.  The proportion of housing in rural areas is 31%, and this is getting closer to the figure in the newly emerging Structure Plan, 25%.  The proportion in the towns is getting correspondingly higher, closer to the 75% in the Structure Plan. 
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Table 2: Housing Land Availability as at 1 April 2004
  (a)Under Construction (b)Permission Not Started (c)Subtotal(a+b) (d)Completions 1 April 01-31 March 04 (e)Total(c+d)
  Nos % Nos % Nos % Nos % Nos %
Urban Areas (5 towns) 204 46 1965 86 2169 79 1093 55 3262 69
(of which Spalding) (140) (31) (1367) (59) (1507) (55) (629) (32) (2136) (45)
Rural Areas 242 54 333 14 575 21 883 45 1458 31
District Total 446 100 2298 100 2744 100 1976 100 4720 100
The Urban Capacity Study theoretically identified a significant amount of potential development that could occur through making more intensive use of land in residential areas.  The Urban Capacity Study also revealed that with the exception of Spalding there is a limited range of unconstrained/modestly constrained brownfield sites available. The findings revealed that some greenfield land within the urban areas or urban extensions would also need to be identified to enable the Council to adequately meet the Regional Planning Guidance and Structure Plan strategic requirement to 2021, as shown by table 5.  Table 3 identifies the urban capacity totals as at 1 April 2004.  These capacity figures are also shown in tables 5 and 6.
Table 3: Urban Capacity update 01 April 04
Settlement Total Capacity Greenfield Brownfield
Total % Total %
Spalding 448 76 17 372 83
Crowland 132 32 24 100 76
Holbeach 186 30 16 156 84
Long Sutton 138 40 29 98 71
Sutton Bridge 60 9 15 51 85
Donington 112 30 27 82 73
Total 1076 217 20 859 80
Table 4 sets out the Remaining Strategic Requirement for the District to 2021.  Tables 5 and 6 identify specific plan provision in the urban and rural areas, based upon the remaining requirement from Table 4, namely 2438 in the urban areas and 442 in the rural areas.  The plan’s provisions aim to ensure that the distribution of development is brought in line with the Structure Plan.
Table 4: Remaining Strategic Requirement
Total Remaining
Urban Areas 5700 3262 2438
Rural Areas 1900 1458 442
Total 7600 4720 2880
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Table 5: Strategic Requirement Breakdown in the Urban Areas
Urban Areas
Remaining requirement
Spalding Capacity 448
Allocations Holland Park- allocated previously 450
Holland Park- additional extension 1000
Holbeach Capacity 186
Allocations Land by A151 150
Foxes Lowe Road 150
Long Sutton Capacity 138
Allocations Lime Walk 80
Crowland Capacity 132
Sutton Bridge Capacity 60
Allocations Deallocation land at Bridge Road -290*
Chestnut Terrace 15
Withington Street 15
Urban Total of plan provisions 2534
* Based upon the likely refusal of two renewal applications for approximately 290 dwellings in Sutton Bridge.
Table 6: Strategic Requirement Breakdown in the Rural Areas

Rural Areas
Remaining requirement




Group Centres

Brownfield/Infill Allowance


Other Rural settlements



Other open countryside



Rural Total of plan provisions


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