Five Year Housing Land Supply Review in Wales

11th May 2018
By Andrew Muir

The Welsh Government yesterday launched a consultation on the temporary dis-application of paragraph 6.2 of Technical Advice Note (TAN) 1, relating to the weight attached to five year housing land supply in decision making.

If approved, the Welsh Government say that the proposal will temporarily “remove the reference to attaching “considerable” weight to the lack of a five-year housing land supply as a material consideration in determining planning applications for housing”. It is stated that the dis-application of paragraph 6.2 would apply for the duration of a review of housing delivery through the planning system, proposed to be held over this summer.

The consultation finishes on the 21st June, and will be of considerable concern to the development industry in Wales, even though it is only intended to be a temporary measure. Nineteen out of the twenty five local planning authorities in 2017 were unable to demonstrate a five year housing land supply, including where LDPs have only recently been adopted. The proposed amendment to TAN 1 will only make the current situation worse and further reduce housing delivery.

Boyer will be working closely with the HBF to object to the proposed changes. Details of the consultation are available at:

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