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Developer guidance for speculative housing development proposals

Published: 12/06/2015

Planning guidance for developers who are considering submitting proposals for speculative housing developments has been drawn up by Flintshire County Council. Like many councils in England and Wales, Flintshire does not have a five year land supply, as set out by Welsh Government. One of the main consequences of this is the pressure for speculative housing development that the Council faces and will continue to face until it adopts a Local Development Plan, or can demonstrate a five year housing land supply. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This Developer Guidance Note has been produced for developers who are considering submitting planning applications for land which is not within the Unitary Development Plan (UDP). It is designed to ensure that developers provide full justification for their proposal, so that the Council can give the application appropriate consideration, given that it is an exception to the development plan. This includes information to show that the proposal is sustainable, viable and deliverable. The development must still comply with development plan and national planning policies.” Full details and the Developer Guidance Note can be found in this month’s Cabinet agenda at