A surprisingly high amount of councils does not have a 5-year housing supply in the South East and East.
If a local authority cannot provide a 5-year housing supply, the presumption is in favour of any development applications, regardless if the land is green belt, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or even a National Park.
Put simply the benefit outweighs the harm caused by an under supply.
The bottom 10 Local Authorities housing land supply are listed below:
- Epping Forest – 1 Year
- Castle Point – 1.6 Years
- Guildford – 2.1 Years
- North Herts – 2.2 Years
- Worthing – 2.4 Years
- Adur – 2.4 Years
- Broxbourne – 2.4 Years
- Thurrock – 2.5 Years
- Stevenage – 2.6 Years
- Wealden – 2.6 Years
A full list of Local Planning Authority and their housing supply can be seen below (June 2017 supply).
Councils who are unable to demonstrate a 5-year housing supply are in a weak position when it comes to ‘speculative planning applications’.
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