Council continues with strong housing land supply

Vale of White Horse District Council is continuing to deliver on house-building as latest figures show it is once again exceeding a five-year housing land supply.

Under government planning rules set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), all local planning authorities must have an up-to-date deliverable five-year housing land supply.

The council’s Housing Land Supply Statement for 2017-18, published today, shows that the Vale has a 6.8-year supply.

To determine this figure, the council monitors planning permissions, carries out site surveys to check progress on house-building and works with housebuilders to understand how many houses are likely to be built in the next five years.

Its latest housing completion survey shows that 1,620 homes were built and finished in 2017/18.

Cllr Roger Cox, Vale of White Horse District Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “At a time when many other local authorities are feeling the effects of speculative development due to not having a five-year supply, we are once again able to demonstrate that we can meet house-building targets with a strong housing land supply in place.

“This is good news for the Vale as it means development is taking place in an agreed and planned way, in line with our Local Plan and neighbourhood plans developed by local communities. We will continue to build upon this success, with a commitment to providing affordable housing and the infrastructure that is needed to support growth.”

The Housing Land Supply Statement can be viewed here.