Vale of White Horse Council drops Housing Land Supply target by 32%

Houses with scaffolding

21st December 2021

Vale of White Horse District Council (VoWH) is to start using an annual housing requirement figure based on the government’s ‘standard method’. Following a review of its Local Plan Part One (LPP1) VoWH found that the Housing Land Supply figure needs updating. As a result the council’s annual housing requirement figure fall from 1,211 each year to 819 – a drop of 32 per cent.

Annual housing requirements are used as the basis of calculating a council’s
housing land supply position. The National Planning Policy Framework demands
that all councils must demonstrate five years’ worth of deliverable housing
sites. Failing to do so allows proposed developments to be granted planning
permission unless their adverse impacts “significantly and
demonstrably” outweigh their benefits.

The council is currently working towards both a joint local plan with South
Oxfordshire District Council, to be implemented in 2024. At the same time the
Oxfordshire Plan 2050 is being developed, due to be adopted in 2023. Once
adopted these Plans will dictate the Housing Land Supply numbers.

CPRE Oxfordshire is supportive of any move to reduce speculative development
and are hopeful other Local Authorities may follow suit.

Read more on the Vale of White Horse website.

The meeting can be watched on the Vale
of White Horse YouTube channel