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Question for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

UIN 249857, tabled on 1 May 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities are without a five year housing land supply as a result of the decision to apply the new method of calculating housing need while awaiting the adoption of local plans.

Answered on

13 May 2019

We are committed to a plan-led system that delivers the homes this country needs, while protecting our precious environment. Up-to-date plans provide a sound basis for assessing land supply, and it is only where plans have become out-of-date that our standard method for assessing housing need is used instead. What this means in practice will depend on the amount of land with permission in each area, the protections that apply and the stage an emerging plan has reached, and so there is no national estimate of the impact. The National Planning Policy Framework protects emerging plans in certain circumstances, even in the absence of a five-year land supply, where a development would significantly undermine the plan.