We have made clear the importance of plans for ensuring we have the right homes in the right places supported by the necessary infrastructure, giving more certainty to local communities. The starting point for decisions by local planning authorities and planning inspectors will be the approved development plan for the area taking into account relevant material considerations, including national planning policy and guidance. All housing allocations and infrastructure plans need to be deliverable.
Local planning authorities should identify and update annually a supply of specific, deliverable sites and to demonstrate a five year land supply. Through the Housing White Paper we set out that local planning authorities will have the opportunity to fix their five-year housing land supply for a one-year period, to provide more certainty. Revised guidance will set more clearly how the five-year supply should be calculated.