See below for the 2020 Draft APS

The Council has produced an Annual Position Statement (APS), setting out its five-year housing land supply, in line with paragraph 74 of the National Planning Policy Framework. The APS has been produced with engagement from developers and agents regarding expected delivery of new homes on sites. The APS was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 31st July 2019.

The original report produced by the Planning Inspectorate was quashed in the High Court on 1st April 2020. The Council made a legal challenge to the Inspector’s report, because in it the Inspector stated that the required number of homes to be used for the calculation should be altered from that used in the adopted Local Plan. The government’s lawyers agreed with the Council that the Inspector erred in law in using this different housing requirement. The government and the Council agreed a court order which quashed the report and ordered that it be sent back for reconsideration by the Planning Inspectorate. The court order quashing the earlier report can be viewed here: Court order 1st April 2020

The Planning Inspectorate has issued a replacement report on 6th May 2020. The report confirms that the Council has a housing land supply equivalent to 5.1 years’ supply of deliverable sites. The Inspector’s Report can be found through the link here: Inspector’s Report on the Fylde APS

The APS incorporating the recommendations of the Inspector on site delivery, and including the Inspector’s report, can be found through the link here: Five-year housing land supply: Annual Position Statement

The APS concludes that the Council has a 5-year housing land supply, for the purposes of decision-taking, until 31st October 2020.

Draft Annual Position Statement for Base Date 1st April 2020

The Council has produced a Draft Annual Position Statement (APS), which sets out the sites which provide the Council’s five-year housing land supply for the base date 1st April 2020. The Council has submitted it to the Secretary of State for his consideration. The document can be viewed via the link below:

Five Year Housing Land Supply Draft Annual Position Statement 2020 (Submission Version)

The Council will receive a report from the Planning Inspectorate on the Draft APS in October.

For the purposes of determining planning applications, the 2019 APS above will be referred to.