It’s important for councils to have a five year land supply in order to protect the area from speculative applications by developers. The problem is that there is no standard methodology for calculating that supply. I’m therefore pressing the government to issue planning guidance on this matter.
Today I asked a question to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government:
"The question refers to simplifying the planning system, but one of its many complications is that there is no standard methodology for calculating five-year land supply. Will the Government look at this and please address the problem pretty quickly?"
Robert Jenrick's response:
We will be giving that further thought. The Government are committed to bringing forward a new White Paper on planning reform. I will work closely with the Chancellor to draw up those proposals, and I would be very happy to speak with my hon. Friend and take his views as we do so.
I will continue to work with the government to develop the right policy on this.