A number of London LPAs are focussing their efforts on reviewing the White Paper, analysing housing numbers and waiting for updates on the London Plan. This means that many Local Plans have been faced with delays.
There are efforts to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough more connected and to spread the economic success of Cambridge across the County. As a growth area, it continues to receive central Government commitment for significant infrastructure improvements.
Bedfordshire is an area of opportunity and a focus for growth given its location at the centre of the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Arc. The combination of East-West Rail infrastructure with the provision of new train stations and road infrastructure provides the platform for significant employment and housing led growth.
The proposed standard method suggests the new unitary authorities will have to grapple with an increased housing need as they review their Part 1 plans. The next key consultation in the area should be on the spatial options for West Northants early in 2021. In the meantime, ongoing speculative applications and appeals in South and East Northamptonshire should clarify the land supply positions of the authorities.
Emerging local plans are now at an advanced stage across the majority of Essex, with a few notable exceptions. However, many of the draft plans are being examined against the requirements of the 2012 NPPF and will require early review to address the current standard housing need methodology, or its replacement if confirmed by the Government. This will provide widespread opportunity across the county.
The proposed changes to the Government’s standard methodology would increase development requirements across the majority of Essex, with particularly significant increases in Chelmsford, Maldon, Colchester and Uttlesford, as shown on our annotated map.
It continues to be a mixed bag across Buckinghamshire with the Local Plans of Aylesbury and Chiltern/South Bucks stalled at examination but progress looking to be made on the review of Plan:MK in Milton Keynes with the ongoing preparation of the Mk Futures 2050 Growth Strategy.
Moving forward, the proposed revisions to the standard methodology suggest a significant increase in housing need for the upcoming strategic plan for Buckinghamshire to address.
There has been significant change in the local plan positions across Oxfordshire’s five main areas, along with progress in the County’s wider 2050 Plan.
South Oxfordshire District Council are finally making good progress after months of uncertainty, while other districts with recently adopted plans are setting out proposals for new emerging plans. Cherwell has the most recent progress, seeing the adoption of their Partial Review on 7th September.
The proposed new standard methodology for calculating housing need would see a significant increase in the housing requirement for Norfolk as a whole, with all districts apart from Norwich City Council, seeing an increase to varying degrees.