35,000 Shortfall in new homes for Yorkshire and the Humber, says Turley Associates

Yorkshire and Humber is facing a chronic shortfall in the delivery of new homes over the next five years, according to a new report published by Leeds planning consultancy Turley Associates.

The report, Yorkshire and Humber Housing Update, examines housing requirements and land supply across the region and shows that it will require at least 150,000 new homes over the next five years to meet local need. The report also shows that there is currently land supply for only 115,000 new homes leaving a substantial shortfall of at least 35,000 homes.

Nathan Smith, associate director 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 21 planning authorities fall short of their five year land supply targets.”

Nathan also adds:

“The need for housing in Yorkshire and the Humber will remain very high. However, with two core strategies the subject of examination (Selby and Rydale), and a further two plans due to be examined within the next 12 months (Leeds and East Riding), just four local planning authorities currently 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 Yorkshire and the Humber.

“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 therefore creates a window of opportunity for developers.”

Nathan concludes:

“The Yorkshire and Humber Housing Land Supply Update is a snapshot of housing need and land supply as of May 2013. It is a best case scenaro and in the absence of adopted core strategies the shortfall is likely to be higher and to increase. Turley Associates will continue to monitor this issue not only across Yorkshire and Humber, but across the UK and be producing a further update in the autumn 2013.

“Developers are bringing forward new sites and permissions for new developments are being granted, meaning that these numbers will change. The shortfall, however, will remain until significant development is brought forward to address this chronic issue facing the region.”