40,000 shortfall in new homes for north west, says Turley Associates

The North 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 Manchester planning consultancy Turley Associates.

The report, North West Housing Land Supply Update, examines housing requirements and land supply across the North West and shows that the region will require at least 178,537 new homes over the next five years to meet local need. The report also shows that there is currently land supply for only 138,318 new homes leaving a substantial shortfall of at least 40,219 homes.

San Ryan, director in Turley Associates’ Manchester office, 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 37 of the region’s 40 planning authorities fall short of their five year land supply targets.”

Sam adds:

“The need for housing in the North West is and will remain very high, yet just 40% local planning authorities have up-to-date adopted development plans. This leaves planning policy in a state of flux and uncertainty that will further delay the delivery of much needed homes across North West.

“Those local planning authorities that do not have an up-to-date plan 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.”

Sam concludes:

“North West Housing Land Supply Update is a snapshot of housing need and land supply as of May 2013. It is a best case scenario for local planning authorities; in reality the shortfall is likely to be higher.

“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.”