Assessing Housing Need: Policy and Best Practice Briefing


On 14 September 2017 the Government published its long-awaited proposals for introducing a standardised methodology for calculating local authorities’ housing need. These proposals could see some areas face increases in their housing need assessments of up to 40 percent. The Government also plans to amend national planning policy to ensure that having a robust method for assessing local housing need becomes part of the tests that local plans are assessed against.

At the same time, the Government also announced that it intends to set out in the NPPF that all local planning authorities should produce a statement of common ground to support more effective joint working where planning issues need to be addressed by more than one local planning authority.

Join Westminster Briefing on 5th December for an up-to-date brief on the Government's plans to introduce a standardised methodology for assessing housing needs and Statements of Common Ground, as well as current best practice in assessing housing requirements.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • How housing need will be calculated under Government plans to introduce a standardised approach
  • Proposals to cap any increase in housing need levels an authority may face when they review their plan
  • Timescales for implementation, transitional arrangements & potential impacts upon different types of local authority
  • Implications of a standardised approach for calculating the five year supply of housing and the Housing Delivery Test
  • Reasonable justifications for deviating from the standard methodology
  • How the new approach will impact the assessing of housing need for groups with particular needs
  • Statements of Common Ground and cooperation across local authority boundaries to help meet housing needs
  • Current good practice in assessing housing need
  • Making sure assessments are robust
  • Local Authority processes & the challenges of community and stakeholder scrutiny

The Event:

The morning session will focus on the introduction of a standard assessment for assessing housing needs and Statements of Common Ground.

The afternoon session will examine best practice in the assessment of housing needs.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in planning housing, including: local authority planning & housing officers; developers; elected members; consultants; & surveyors.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Tuesday 5th December 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Event to be held in Central London (venue tbc)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

“The existing system for determining the number of new homes needed in each area is simply not good enough. It relies on assessments commissioned by individual authorities according to their own requirements and carried out by expensive consultants using their own methodologies. The result is an opaque mishmash of figures that are consistent only in their complexity...If we are to get the right number of homes built in the right places, we need an honest, open and consistent approach to assessing local housing need."

- Rt Hon Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, 14 September 2017

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