The Government requires Councils to identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years’ worth of housing against their housing requirement.
Whether a Council can demonstrate a five year supply can be an important determining factor in whether planning permission should be granted. If you are preparing a planning application or planning appeal for residential development, an assessment of the five year supply can provide useful evidence to support your proposal.
We have extensive experience in undertaking detailed assessments of Councils housing land supply. This includes reviewing the housing requirement used as part of the calculation, scrutinising the deliverability of individual sites and testing the varying methodologies which can be applied to the calculation.
Previous assessments we have undertaken have demonstrated that the housing land supply position is often overstated by Councils and this has helped strengthen the case for our client’s applications and appeals.
Recent successes where a Councils housing land supply position has been a key consideration in securing planning permission include land at Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray and land at Overseal, Swadlincote.
We also undertake retail and employment land supply assessments as part of the preparation of planning applications and planning appeals.