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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?

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

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

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.

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The Housing Land Supply Index: every English council’s published position, plus document links

Planning's June update of councils' housing land supply positions reveals that nearly a third of the country’s planning authorities have either published a new housing land supply position or had a figure decreed for their area at appeal since the last iteration of our Housing Land Supply Index.

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Local Plan Watch: Council adopts plan after nine years of preparation, despite housing shortfall

A council has adopted a local plan after a nine-year preparation process, despite identifying a 500-home shortfall in its planned housing supply.

Housing new build: the government is tilting the planning system back in favour of local authority plans (Credit: Sean Gladwell c/o Getty Images)

What the proposal to scrap the five-year housing land supply target for up-to-date plans will mean for councils and developers

The government’s proposed removal of the five-year housing land requirement supply for councils with up-to-date local plans could see almost half of all English local authorities benefit, Planning research suggests. Observers say the move will incentivise more authorities to get plans in place, but examining inspectors are likely to take a tougher line on the deliverability of proposed housing targets and site allocations.

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