Petition Change the Standard Method for calculating local housing need

We call on the Government to change the standard method for calculating local housing need. The current method uses growth projections from 2014, which we believe is out of date and more recent data should be used to calculate the baseline amount of housing needed.

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We also believe that there should be no “affordability” uplift applied in large areas of greenbelt, AONB, National Parks or areas within 5.6km of Special Areas of Conservation (SACs). Because the uplift increases the ‘true need’ figure by up to 40% it does not address affordability, and in addition, building too many homes in these areas could have negative environmental effects.

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