Changes to the Current Planning System - How many houses?

24 August 2020

Another Government Algorithm

The government is in the process of consulting on revisions to the current planning system including the Standard Method that is used to determine how many new dwellings should be accommodated in an areas local plan.  Although the Guildford plan is only a year old it has to be reviewed within 5 years, including housing numbers.

The Standard Method underpins the Planning for the Future White Paper. 

We have replied to the which you can find below

On the particular issue of the Standard Method our response is that the whole premise of the Standard Method is flawed as it is based on historic demand trends rather than strategically forecasting where housing should be placed in the country to support community and economic development.   

The method is an overly simplistic method that takes no account of wider drivers on demand e.g. Regional Economic Policy, Rebalancing of Growth from South to North, impact on commuter demand as cities build more housing etc. There are also no consideration on limits on how demand can be fulfilled that need to be considered e.g. areas do have limits due to AONB’s etc. 

We have replied in full to the consutation which you can find below



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