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.
While there are government assurances to uphold their protected status, over the last five years, an increase if 82% has been seen in the number of homes built in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have said that since 2012 in the 34 English AONBs, the number of planning applications has more than doubled, and 15,500 dwellings have been built.
There were warnings that evidence suggests developers are using increasing pressure on local authorities to build new homes on AONBs by;
According to AECOM, unless steps are taken to incorporate and fast-track residential development in plans for a Northern Powerhouse, cities and regions in the north of England will be facing a housing crisis.
On top of infrastructure, the planning and infrastructure consultancy have said housing
“must also become a vital element of Northern Powerhouse delivery if the north of England is to successfully achieve economic growth and rebalance the economy”.
For neighbourhood plans to no longer be considered out-of-date in areas where the local authority does not have a five-year housing land supply, protection for them has been increased.
Having said that, if there is a significant lack of land supply in the wider local authority area this can be re-considered.
Written in a ministerial statement, the move was explained, as well as being covered by Planning Minister Gavin Barwell during the report stage and third reading of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill in the Commons.