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Local Plan - frequently asked questions

It is noted that the latest standard method figure for local housing need in the Borough is less than the housing requirement set out in the Local Plan. What are the implications of this for the Plan?

The latest standard method figure for local housing need is based on the 2014-based household projections for the period 2022 to 2032 and the 2021 affordability ratios published in April 2022. As noted in the Inspectors' Report (paragraph 51), this has been taken into account in their considerations on the housing requirement in the Plan, and in paragraph 59, the Inspectors concluded "Taking into account the LHN and the economic and other factors referred to above, the uplift and 486 dwellings per annum (dpa) as a minimum housing need figure is justified."

It remains the case that the 486dpa housing requirement is justified to align with the economic growth and job aspirations in the Borough over the Plan period, therefore, the latest standard housing need figure does not justify any change to the housing requirement in the Plan.