Responses to the government's proposed standard approach to assessing local housing need have welcomed the proposal as enabling a speedier process of plan preparation, but there are concerns that it fails to take account of aspirations for economic growth in parts of the country.
EXCLUSIVE Private sector consultants and masterplanners could be paid by central government to draw up the local plans of authorities that have failed to do it themselves, Planning understands.
New net additions data published today gives the clearest indication yet of which authorities could face sanctions under the housing white paper's housing delivery test.1 comment
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has stepped in to prevent a Hertfordshire authority from adopting its draft local plan following a request from a local MP.
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An inspector's decision to endorse a joint plan covering three Gloucestershire districts with heavy caveats furthers a trend of pragmatic decisions designed to help get plans in place, according to experts.
Observers are concerned that in some areas the combination of falling population projections and the outputs of the government's proposals standard formula for assessing housing need could assist those authorities that want to reduce their housing targets.
The government's proposed new method of calculating housing need could see almost one in three local planning authorities lose their five-year land supply positions, say Jonathan Dixon and Emily Williams.
An analysis by Planning indicates that three-quarters of authorities could be in line for potential punitive measures under the first phase of the government's proposed housing delivery test, but the timetable for the introduction of the mechanism is uncertain.