Spotlight:

Planning to solve the housing crisis

Planning to solve the housing crisis
Planning to solve the housing crisis

12 June 2017, by Jim Ward

Planning must play a larger role in supporting economic growth. We need the planning system to deliver more consents where need is greatest to improve affordability and solve the housing crisis

There is a shortfall of more than 90,000 consents a year in areas where demand is highest. Although the NPPF has helped to boost overall consent numbers, it has not achieved its stated goal of responding to market signals and planning for homes in areas where affordability is most stretched. See Making planning work with the market.

 

It’s been five years since the publication of the NPPF, and plan making remains slow. Only 41% of local authorities in England have adopted an up-to-date plan, up from 25% two years ago. Many adopted plans are failing to set targets that meet housing need. Adopted planning targets in England are 88% of objectively assessed need for housing. See Plan-making in numbers.

Assessing need based on market strength would start to address housing affordability, but could lead to big increases in housing-need numbers in and around London. Some districts will have to find additional housing land from as soon as 2018 if these figures are used in the Housing Delivery Test identified in the Housing White Paper. See London under pressure.

Our positive planning index has identified the top 10 local authorities which need to identify more land for housing, based on local plan status, five year land supply, Housing Delivery Test and housing affordability. These authorities have strong links to London, but their ability to build homes is often constrained by the Green Belt. See Impact of housing delivery test.

61 local authorities have lost at appeal due to not having a five-year land supply in the year to April 2017. A further 61 authorities have a published housing land supply of less than five years. Across England, local authorities have on average 5.3 years’ land supply, down from 5.4 years last year. See Plan-making in numbers.

Articles from 'Spotlight 2017: Planning to solve the housing crisis'

Plan-making in numbers

12 June 2017

Plan-making in numbers

It has been five years since the publication of the NPPF, and plan-making remains slow

Impact of housing delivery test

London’s commuter belt will be most affected by the proposed Housing White Paper reforms, based on our new index drawing together four key planning metrics

London under pressure

12 June 2017

London under pressure

Allocating need based on market strength has significant implications for London and its commuter belt

Making planning work with the market

The planning system could do much more to support economic growth. There is a shortfall of more than 90,000 consents where housing need is highest.

 
 

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