New approach needed to assessing housing need

In February, the Government released the outcome of a technical planning consultation which will affect how local authorities assess housing need locally and how many new homes are built.

One of the key questions was whether or not housing need assessments should be based on more recent population projections which indicate a slow down in population growth.

Recognising the gravity of the housing shortage and the need for certainty, the Government has determined that local authorities should continue to use an older baseline from 2014 which indicates faster growth.

Joe Reeves, Executive Director of Growth and Partnerships at Midland Heart said: "This decision will help maintain pressure on local authorities to work with housing associations like us and other partners to build more new homes.

"However, this is not a long-term solution to the gap between the number of new homes we need and the number of new homes being built.

"We need a new approach to assessing housing need that does not concentrate growth in busy housing markets like the South East and recognises the need for regeneration and employment-led growth in the Midlands.

"We have an expanding development programme and a strong commitment to deliver more good quality and affordable homes across the Midlands like many of our peers.

"We need a more astute method of assessing need that supports our ambition and properly meets the needs of the diverse communities and economies across the UK."

We have previously responded to a review of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and put together an overview of the planned reforms and our ask of Government.

11th March 2019 | 2019