What next for housing numbers?

The Department for Communities and Local Government recently published ‘Planning for the right homes in the right places’.  This consultation sets out the framework and seeks views for achieving a number of key proposals contained within the Housing White Paper, which aims to significantly boost the supply of new homes.

The proposal includes:

  • A standardised methodology and prescribed formula for calculating local housing need
  • Providing neighbourhood planning groups with a greater certainty on housing numbers
  • A required statement of common ground to improve how local authorities work together to meet housing need across boundaries
  • Making viability assessments simpler, quicker and more transparent
  • An allowance for increased planning application fees in areas that are meeting their housing targets

If the proposed changes are introduced, the new standardised method for assessing housing need will result in authorities having to either increase or decrease their previous local housing projections, which will have a significant impact on the number of new homes that are built.

The consultation closed on 9 November 2017 and it is the Governments ambition to publish a revised National Planning Policy Framework in Spring 2018.

For further general information about the document or for specific guidance on the potential implications upon any land within a particular local authority area, please do not hesitate to contact Hayden Todd, Senior Planning Consultant on 01442 874087 or via email to hayden.todd@argroup.co.uk


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