Five Year Housing Supply

What is the five year housing supply?

The five year housing supply is calculated by comparing the anticipated supply of new homes within the district over a five year period against the housing requirements and trajectory set out in Policy CS.16 of our Core Strategy. This takes into account homes already built from the start of the plan period to date (known as completions) and the number of homes expected to be built in the next five years (known as commitments).

It is important that we can demonstrate a five year supply. If a local planning authority cannot show that they are meeting this requirement, their policies with regards to residential development will be considered to be "out of date". Planning officers would then be less able to resist all but the most inappropriate housing development without the risk that decisions would be overturned at appeal under the presumption in favour of sustainable development, as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

2020 Update

Owing to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the preparation of the 5YHLS calculation as at 31 March 2020 has been delayed. The Council expects to publish this calculation in September.

Latest position – 31 March 2019

Our five year housing land supply is calculated as 6.51 years for the five year period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2024.

The next housing land supply update will be published in September 2020.

Previous calculations of supply

The below table contains an archive of our previous five year housing supply calculations, along with explanatory notes where there are different versions with the same calculation date.

Date Explanatory Notes
31 March 2018
31 March 2017
31 March 2016
31 December 2015 Updated version (more comprehensive data on sites approved between 1 October and 31 December 2015)
31 December 2015 Interim version
31 March 2015
30 September 2014 Reissued version following decision to increase housing requirement
30 September 2014
31 March 2014
30 September 2013
30 June 2013
31 March 2012

Find out more

For further information: please contact the Planning Policy team on 01789 260334 or email planning.policy@stratford-dc.gov.uk.

This page can be accessed quickly using the short link www.stratford.gov.uk/5yearsupply

Last updated on 05/08/2020

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