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Housing need consultation: 9 things you need to know

Housing need consultation: 9 things you need to know

Nine things you need to know about this week's consultation on housing need, including an 'ambition' to publish a revised National Planning Policy Framework by Spring 2018, proposals to strengthen cross-boundary planning, changes intended to streamline viability assessments and plans to make section 106 agreements more transparent.

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Data blog: How much of a threat does the standard method for assessing need pose to the green belt?

Data blog: How much of a threat does the standard method for assessing need pose to the green belt?

The publication earlier this month of the details of the government's proposed standard methodology for assessing housing need immediately prompted warnings that the formula would lead to the loss of land from the green belt.

Data blog: Why standard housing need method means plan-makers are in for a bumpy ride

Data blog: Why standard housing need method means plan-makers are in for a bumpy ride

The government's proposed approach to assessing housing need means that the outputs of its proposed formula could change dramatically during the preparation of a local plan, an analysis by Planning indicates.

Mapped: How consultation formula would affect local assessments of housing need

Mapped: How consultation formula would affect local assessments of housing need

Click through to view an interactive map showing how the outputs of the government's proposed standard methodology for assessing housing need would differ from current assessments of local need.

Why government plans for centrally-issued housing targets look likely to be watered down

Why government plans for centrally-issued housing targets look likely to be watered down

Following national newspaper claims that ministers are going cold on plans to introduce a binding housing targets for councils to meet, planning experts say the strength of likely political opposition to the proposal and practical challenges mean it is not likely to come forward in its original form.

What new affordability data means for councils' housing need levels

What new affordability data means for councils' housing need levels

The latest government data indicating slightly improved housing affordability means that local housing need levels will drop for almost half of English councils, with more authorities in the North and Midlands experiencing increases compared to London and the South, according to analysis by experts.

What the government's housing need assessment means for the areas subject to higher requirement levels

What the government's housing need assessment means for the areas subject to higher requirement levels

The vast majority of the 52 local authorities that will have to apply a new 35 per cent uplift to their housing need levels under the revised standard method will be subject to figures far in excess of their recent delivery levels. Meeting such an increased need will be a challenge say observers and risks some areas failing the government's housing delivery test.

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