23,000 shortfall of new homes for South West, says Turley Associates

The South West of England is facing a major shortfall in the delivery of new homes over the next five years, according to a new report published by Bristol planning and urban design consultancy Turley Associates.

The report, South West Housing Land Supply Update, examines housing requirements and land supply across the South West and shows that the region will require at least 110,000 new homes over the next five years to meet local need. The report also shows that there is currently land supply for only 87,000 new homes leaving a substantial shortfall of at least 23,000 homes.

Peter Stacey, director and head of the residential development sector at Turley Associates, said:

“Local authorities are required under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to be able to demonstrate that they have a sufficient supply of land to deliver against housing needed over a five year period. Our research and report shows that at least 16 of the region’s 36 planning authorities fall short of their five year land supply targets.”

Peter adds:

“The need for housing in the South West is and will remain very high, yet just 13 local planning authorities have adopted core strategies. This leaves planning policy in a state of flux and uncertainty that will further delay the delivery of much needed homes across south west.

“Those local planning authorities that do not have an adopted core strategy will receive planning applications based on the context of the NPPF and its presumption in favour of sustainable development. This creates a window of opportunity for developers.”

Peter concludes:

“South West Housing Land Supply Update is a snapshot of housing need and land supply as of May 2013. It is a best case scenario and in the absence of adopted core strategies the shortfall is likely to be higher and to increase.

“Developers are bringing forward new sites and permissions for new developments are being granted, meaning that these numbers will change. That there is a shortfall, however, will remain.”