Coventry Local Plan: Inspectors Report Summary

Coventry Local Plan 2011 – 2031: Examining Inspector’s Report

Submitted: 1 April 2016

Examination Hearings: July, October & November 2016, January 2017

Inspector Rebecca Phillips has concluded the Coventry Local Plan to be sound and legally compliant subject to main modifications being made.

Coventry City Council will present the Local Plan to be formally adopted to Cabinet and Council meetings on Tuesday 28th November and Tuesday 5th December 2017 respectively.

Strategic Housing Market Assessment

The joint Coventry and Warwickshire SHMA Update 2015 identified an Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing in Coventry and Warwickshire to be 85,440 homes over the plan period 2011-2031 or 4,272 homes per annum.

Coventry has identified their OAN to be 42,400 or 2,120 homes per annum.  

Meeting the OAN

Give the tight administrative boundaries of Coventry, the OAN cannot be met for market and affordable housing. The Local Plan seeks to provide 25,372 new homes over the plan period within the confines of Coventry. It is planned that the OAN will be met in conjunction with the surrounding 5 neighbouring authorities[1] within the Housing Market Area (HMA). The 5 authorities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the level and distribution of housing across the HMA, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (NBBC) were the only Council part of the HMA who did not sign. An agreed statement between NBBC and Coventry indicates NBBC first need to assess their housing land capacity before signing.

Five Year Housing Land Supply

Coventry City Council are adopting the Sedgefield methodology, factoring in a 5% buffer, to determine the land supply in the area unless there is evidence of persistent undersupply.

The Housing Land Supply Update Note, March 2017 updates the housing land supply position to the most complete monitoring year (1st April 2016). It tests the supply using Liverpool and Sedgefield applying a 5% buffer

Draft Local Plan Requirement (stepped approach)

Liverpool Method

Sedgefield Method.

Total 5 year supply



Total 5 year requirement



Requirement annualised



Number of Years Supply



Supply at a % of requirement



Monitoring and Reviews

In accordance with Government guidance, all development plans will be required to be reviewed every 5 years to ensure it is kept up to date.

View the Inspectors Report and Main Modifications  

[1] Warwickshire County Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Rugby Borough Council, Warwick District Council & Stratford-on-Avon District Council. 


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