Planning Briefing Papers

Q3 2020

Alongside the recently published White Paper Planning Reforms, the Government is also consulting on changes to the current system, aimed at improving the effectiveness of planning in the short-term. These proposals include changes to the Standard Method for calculating local housing need.


Strutt & Parker has reviewed what the proposed changes would mean to the local housing need calculations for Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk Local Authorities.

The maps provided indicate the dwellings per annum requirement, and whether this represents an increase or decrease when compared to calculation using the current Standard Method. Changes to the Standard Method have yet to be confirmed, and the Government consultation on proposals runs until 1 October 2020.

For more information, please contact John McLarty (Planning) or James Firth (Planning)

Download the Proposed SM figures - Essex Map

Download the Proposed SM figures - Herts Map

Download the Proposed SM figures - Suffolk Map