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they are meeting this requirement, their policies with regards to residential development will be considered to be "out of date".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).

Latest position – 31 March 2017

Our five year housing land supply is calculated as 6.67 years for the five year period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2022.

We are currently calculating an updated housing supply position. We aim to publish this figure by the end of July 2018.

Previous calculations of supply

Policy advice notes

The below policy advice notes provide further background and guidance on how the five year supply has been calculated.

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Last updated on 25/05/2018

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