Changes planned to Welsh housing delivery policy

Consultation launched on housing trajectory being the basis for monitoring development delivery.

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A consultation is underway on proposed changes to the ‘Housing Delivery’ section of Planning Policy Wales.

The changes remove the five-year housing land supply policy and replace it with a policy statement confirming housing trajectory will be the basis for monitoring development delivery.

“I consider that this approach would ensure that the monitoring of housing delivery, including the response to under-delivery, is an integral part of the process of development plan monitoring and review,” said Welsh housing minister Julie James.

In July last year, Lesley Griffiths AM, the then minister for energy, environment, planning and rural affairs, launched a ‘Call for Evidence’ on how to improve the delivery of the housing requirements set out in Local Development Plans (LDPs).

This was in response to the housing delivery and land supply position across Wales, which included concerns expressed by local planning authorities and communities regarding speculative residential planning applications.

The ‘Call for Evidence’ highlighted that many adopted LDPs are failing to deliver the number of new homes required, with sites allocated for these homes either not being brought forward for development or being developed at a slower rate than anticipated.

It also explored the related issue of the measuring of housing land supply and its interrelationship with the monitoring of LDPs.

Launching the consultation, James said detailed analysis of the responses to the ‘Call for Evidence’ confirmed that the current policy framework for ensuring housing delivery and the associated monitoring mechanism are not sufficiently aligned with the LDP process.

“Therefore, taking account of the changes already made to Planning Policy Wales (PPW) and proposed in the new edition of the Development Plans Manual, I propose to amend the policy for ensuring housing delivery and the guidance and advice on the associated monitoring mechanism,” she said.

James confirmed that, as a consequence of the proposed policy change, TAN 1 – which provides the methodology for calculating the five-year housing land supply – would be revoked.

“I encourage all stakeholders with an interest in increasing housing delivery to meet the needs of communities across Wales to respond to this consultation,” she said.

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