Online service shows household projection figures
An online resource allowing planners to see household projection figures for anywhere in the country has been launched.
A group of housing and planning bodies called the Local Housing Requirements Assessment Working Group has put together the ‘What households where’ tool, developed to help planners work out how many homes their area needs in the context of the new National Planning Policy Framework.
The free service provides government statistics on migration, families, older people and growth. A companion guide for the site will be published later in the year.
Under new planning policy, each local authority in England and Wales must put together a local plan, outlining the housing need in their area and where development could take place.
Clyde Loakes, vice chair of the Local Government Association environment board, said these decision would be ‘among the most crucial that local authorities have to make’.
Rachel Fisher, head of homes and land at the National Housing Federation, said: ‘The spreadsheet tool, and the forthcoming guide to assessing housing markets and needs will help councils, providers and local residents to ensure local plans are based on robust objective assessments of local housing markets and needs.’
Research commissioned by Shelter in 2011 from the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research indicated that without updating the existing national guidance there will not be the consistent approach needed across local authority areas to meet the new localist approach envisaged by the Localism Act.