Supplementary planning guidance

What are Supplementary Planning Guidance documents?

Supplementary Planning Guidance documents provide further guidance on the application of existing  Local Plan policies. They are not statutory documents in the same way that Local Plan policies are, but they are used to help make decisions on planning proposals.

Some Supplementary Planning Guidance documents take the form of Development Briefs. These provide further direction on how particular sites should be developed.

We have also prepared documents to provide interim guidance on issues where national or regional policy has changed since the adoption of the Local Plans. We will use these documents as guidance pending completion of the emerging East Riding Local Plan

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What are the implications of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for the East Riding?

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on the 27 March 2012. From this date it must be taken into account in the determination of planning applications. It sets out the different 'weight' which can be afforded to different plans depending on the date when they were prepared.

The council has prepared a note outlining the approach that it will take when determining planning applications until the emerging East Riding Local Plan is adopted.

Implications of the NPPF for decision making in the East Riding (pdf 131kb opens in new window)

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What is the approach to development and flood risk?

Planning officers will use the council's Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) and the National Planning Policy Framework and its associated guidance to help determine planning applications in the East Riding.

We have prepared a note to provide assistance to developers and applicants, which sets out the approach we will take to applying the Sequential and Exception Tests.

Flood Risk Guidance Note (pdf 1mb opens in a new window)

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What is the approach to renewable energy?

Our approach to renewable energy is set out in an Interim Planning Document (IPD) which sets out the various considerations that potential applicants should take into account when preparing renewable energy proposals in the East Riding.

The IPD sets out our proposed approach in meeting targets for the proportion of energy from renewable sources for 2010, 2021 and beyond. The document gives advice on different types of renewable energy such as wind energy, biomass and energy crop conversion and others.

It advises on the preparation and submission of planning applications and highlights potential constraints and planning issues to be considered by developers. The document is concerned with grid connected developments below 50MW.

Planning for Renewable Energy Developments - Volume 1 (pdf 391kb opens in new window)

Planning for Renewable Energy Developments - Volume 2 (pdf 1mb opens in new window)

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What is the approach to housing and greenfield sites?

At the cabinet meeting on 18th October 2011, the 'Managed Release of Residential Development Sites Interim Policy Guidance (IPG)' (see below) was cancelled. It remains available to view on this site for information only. As a result, the existing  Local Planallocations which were previously subject to the provisions of the IPG have now been 'released'.

Our previous approach to the development of housing on greenfield sites was set out in the Managed Release of Residential Development Sites IPG (October 2003).

This Interim Policy Guidance (IPG) restricted the development of large greenfield sites, including those which are allocated in the Local Plans. There were however, a number of ‘pragmatic exceptions’ to this approach, such as small infill proposals. Further details were set out within the IPG.

The purpose of the IPG was to deliver housing through the planning system, in a way which considers the pattern and speed of urban growth, and encouraged the re-use of previously-developed ('brownfield') land.

The Managed Release of Residential Development Sites IPG - October 2003 (pdf 1mb opens in new window)

Annual Updates

Approval of the IPG was subject to an annual monitoring report on the housing supply/completion position being submitted to the council's cabinet. This was to allow consideration of whether the approach to the release of sites should be revised. Each annual update provided information on the following:

  • the number of housing completions for the period April to March;
  • the proportion of housing completions on greenfield and brownfield (previously-developed) land;
  • the number of dwellings completed on previously-developed 'windfall' sites and small sites;
  • a calculated supply of housing based on the number of dwellings with planning permission and the amount of previously developed land identified for housing;
  • how we are performing in terms of meeting our strategic housing requirement as set out in the  Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS);
  • whether we have a 5-year supply of deliverable housing sites.


If the annual update showed that we had less than a 5-year supply of housing sites, then the cabinet considered the need to release any allocated greenfield sites for development. In recent years, the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) provided the evidence to assess how much land we have available for housing development. The SHLAA was then used to prepare the annual update reports to cabinet.

The annual updates are available below: 


Assessing which sites to release

Since the Third Managed Release Annual Update, a number of allocated greenfield sites have been released for development in different sub areas. To identify the best sites for release, we originally prepared a ‘Sequential Approach’ document. This was then replaced in 2007 by the ‘Housing Site Assessment Methodology’.  Both of these documents looked at how various issues such as location, access to services and public transport, environmental constraints and infrastructure issues.

Housing Site Assessment Methodology May 2007 (pdf 2mb opens in new window)

The decision to release sites is made by the cabinet, initially through Annual Update reports (see above).

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What is the approach to providing affordable housing?

Developers who apply for planning permission for residential development may be asked to contribute towards provision of affordable housing. Our policy on this is set out in our Interim Approach on Affordable Housing.

The Interim Approach on Affordable Housing was  originally agreed by the Council’s Cabinet on 27 November 2007 (min 3130). There have since been a number of revisions. The most recent revision to the Background Notes was agreed by the Council’s Cabinet on 22nd July 2014 to reflect a revised method of calculating the requirement for affordable housing, a revised charge for economic viability appraisals, the inclusion of indicative transfer values and the inclusion of standard commuted sums.

On 29 November 2014 National Planning Policy was updated through a Written Ministerial Statement to define the specific circumstances when contributions for affordable housing can be sought.  This confirms that affordable housing should only be sought from residential developments comprising 11 or more dwellings or from residential developments which have a combined gross floorspace of 1,001 sq m or more.  These new thresholds should now be used to determine when contributions towards affordable housing are required in the East Riding and replace the previous thresholds set out in the Interim Approach on Affordable Housing (July 2014) and policy H2 of the Submitted Local Plan Strategy Document. The Interim Approach can continue to be used for guidance on other matters relating to the provision of affordable housing. 

PPG Affordable Housing Briefing Note (March 2015) pdf 258kb opens in new window)

Interim Approach on Affordable Housing Background Notes (July 2014 Update) (pdf 2mb opens in new window) 

We have also prepared an Affordable Housing Viability Assessment to help determine appropriate affordable housing requirements in and across the East Riding. 

In rural communities it is possible to provide affordable housing in small sites known as rural exception sites. The site may not normally be used for housing because, for example, they are subject to policies of restraint. However, the site may be suitable for bringing forward where there is evidence of local need. All housing developed on an exception site must be affordable for local people and remain so indefinitely. 

A legal agreement between the council and the developer (known as a Section 106 agreement) will provide details of what contributions the developer makes to meet planning requirements (including affordable housing) on a specific site as part of the planning permission for the site.

For more information on the different types of affordable housing and what the council is doing to help provide more, please visit the Affordable Housing - Housing Strategy page.

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What is the approach to providing outdoor playing space?

The four local plans each include a policy on the provision of outdoor playing space as part of new residential development and the council has prepared supplementary planning guidance (SPG) which provides more details on how the local plan policies will be applied. The SPG was revised in December 2007.

In summary, applicants will need to consider the provision of outdoor playing space on sites which are for:

  • 10 dwellings or more, or 0.4 hectares or more in the Beverley Borough Local Plan area;
  • 10 dwellings or more, or 0.8 hectares or more in the Boothferry Borough Local Plan area;
  • 1.6 hectares or more in the East Yorkshire Borough Local Plan area;
  • 15 dwellings or more in the Holderness District Wide Local Plan area.


Outdoor Playing Space SPG (pdf 946kb opens in new window)

Please note we have prepared an Open Space Review and Playing Pitch Strategy. These will be used to set new standards through the  Strategy Documentand help inform decisions on planning applications. 

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What is the approach to tourism accommodation?

We have prepared a Guidance Note which brings together existing policy, material considerations and best practices in relation to tourism accommodation.  The note contains guidance to developers submitting planning applications relating to tourism development and provides a guide for officers determining such applications.

We have also prepared a Tourism Accommodation Study.

Planning for Tourism Accommodation: A guidance note for developers (Mar 2011) (pdf 400kb opens in new window)

East Riding Tourism Accommodation Study (Feb 2009) (pdf 2.4mb opens in new window)

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What is the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan?

The Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (ICZMP) is a high level document which considers the how to manage sometimes conflicting social, economic and environmental issues in the coastal zone. It was prepared in 2002.

It links with the Shoreline Management Planwhich identifies different approaches to managing coastal change such as defending settlements or allowing natural processes to continue.

Also see our Sustainable environmentpage.

Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (pdf 1mb opens in new window) 

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What is the roll back policy?

The ‘Roll Back’ policy for houses and farmsteads threatened by coastal erosion was agreed in November 2005. In summary, the policy allows dwellings threatened by coastal erosion to obtain planning permission to be replaced and re-located further inland to an existing settlement.

The ‘Roll back’ Policy — December 2005 (pdf 795kb opens in new window)

Report to the Council’s Cabinet — November 2005 (pdf 269kb opens in new window)

We have also prepared a ‘Roll Back’ policy for Caravan and Holiday Home Parks threatened by coastal erosion (June 2004).

Roll back policy for Caravans and Holiday Home Parks - June 2004 (pdf 1.7mb opens in new window)

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Which village design statements are supplementary planning guidance?

There are a number of adopted Village Design Statements which each act as Supplementary Planning Guidance for certain villages in the East Riding. They were produced in partnership with Town and Parish Councils and local residents. They provide details on the character and style of the village and the surrounding countryside and set out guidelines for the design of new developments and changes to existing developments. This ensures that the specific characteristics of the village or town are preserved. The statements are used when considering planning applications in that particular settlement and are available below:

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