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Providing the evidence base for housing needs assessments

This short project for Shelter seeks to explore the appetite of both representatives from the housing supply sector and local planning authorities for additional guidance in the current policy context. In particular PPS3 still requires an evidence base for affordable housing targets yet overall housing targets have been abolished along with the regional bodies. The work comprises telephone interviews with the major stakeholders, an email survey of local planning authorities and a round table discussion on how to take the work forward. The outputs will be a short report plus worked up costs of the different options proposed at the round table.

In the current planning policy context there is considerable uncertainty over the need for an evidence base to support local authority plans for new housing, including affordable housing. This report for Shelter presents the findings of a survey of local authorities, follow up interviews and telephone interviews with a range of stakeholders within the housing development industry. It reviews current and emerging policy on housing demand and need and recommends that the way forward is to produce simple step by step guidance on the aspects of evidence that present the most problems for local authorities. It also recommends that local authorities keep a simple log of waiting list applicants that eliminates those who are not in housing need, as that would provide a robust assessment of housing need in the area.

Providing the evidence base for local housing demand and need assessments, Report

In the context of uncertainty over the need for an evidence base to support local authority plans for new housing, this report for Shelter presents the findings of research into the views of local authorities and stakeholders as to what might be feasible and useful to help them with their plans.

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Funder

Shelter

Project Start Date

11th April 2011