The Government launched the Housing White Paper: ‘Fixing our broken housing market’, to much fanfare in February. Whilst a welcome and frank acknowledgement of some of the barriers to housing delivery, it was short on quick fixes and big on further consultation. A key tenet was how to streamline the local plan process and secure a more consistent approach to calculating housing needs and assessing viability.
The Government published a consultation on measures to boost housing supply in England; Its proposals include:
- a standard method for calculating local authorities’ housing need
- how neighbourhood planning groups can have greater certainty on the level of housing need to plan for
- a statement of common ground to improve how local authorities work together to meet housing and other needs across boundaries
- making the use of viability assessments simpler, quicker and more transparent
- increased planning application fees in those areas where local planning authorities are delivering the homes their communities need
The consultation document includes a helpful table showing what the application of the standard methodology for calculating housing need would mean for different local planning authorities – a selection of which are set out below
|Local Authority||Existing identified need (based on most recent assessment)||Application of new methodology|
|Christchurch and East Dorset||626||792|
|West and Weymouth & Portland||755||780|
For more information, please contact Chapman Lily Planning.