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England and Wales 258,000 homes short warning

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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England and Wales is facing a shortfall of over 258,000 homes over the next four years due to a lack of readily available sites, a new report has warned.

Published by planning consultancy Turley, the report examines the published five-year housing requirement and land supply position of the 318 local planning authorities (LPAs) in England and Wales (excluding London) between April 2013 and April 2018.

It shows that according to approved plans England and Wales will require at a minimum 1,197,000 new homes over the next four years.

The report reveals that LPAs claim to have land available for around 939,000 of these homes - leaving a substantial shortfall of at least 258,000 homes.

John Acres, Turley director, said: “Local authorities are required under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years’ worth of housing against their objectively assessed housing requirements.

"Our research and report shows that at least 211 of England and Wales’ 318 planning authorities fall short of their five-year land supply targets.”

Housing requirements, declared supply and shortfall by region

Region

Residual Five year requirement

LPA claimed five year supply

Shortfall

South West

123,370

104,734

-18,636

South East

215,092

180,590

-34,502

East of England

159,721

136,615

-23,106

East Midlands

144,229

87,979

-56,250

West Midlands

101,246

74,209

-27,037

North West

191,819

146,479

-45,340

Yorkshire and Humber

145,608

117,708

-27,900

North East

53,260

39,823

-13,437

Wales

62,781

51,016

- 11,765

Total

1,197,126

939,153

-257,973


Mr Acres added: “The majority of LPAs are falling short of their minimum five year housing land supply requirements, and this has significant implications for the pace of economic recovery. It is also likely to impact affordability for first time buyers wishing to enter the market."

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