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Government sets out standard method for calculating local housing need 15/09/2017 Labelled as Development

In a statement to the House of Commons on 14 September the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government has launched consultation on reforms to the planning system and a standard method for calculating local housing need and housing requirements.


The consultation document "Planning for the right homes in the right places" sets out a number of proposals to reform the planning system to increase the supply of new homes and increase local authority capacity to manage growth.


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 is also accompanied by a table which sets out the housing need for each local planning authority using the proposed standard method, how many homes every place in the country is currently planning for, and, where available, how many homes they believe they need.

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