Objectively Assessed Demand

The 2012 National Planning Policy Framework requires housing needs assessments to take into account market indicators such as affordability; however little guidance is provided on how this information should be incorporated in practice.

This paper shows the effects on needs assessments of taking affordability seriously, using formal models that lead to a simple performance metric that can be readily applied by all local authorities; the implications are radical. The paper also shows how ideas of self-organisation can be used to promote consistent behaviour across local authorities, bearing in mind that authorities are currently required to collaborate within a housing market area.

The paper concludes with a policy discussion and suggests that the proposed indicators could be used to supplement existing planning practices.

Author: Professor Geoff Meen

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Date: July 1, 2017 9:00 am


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