Assessing Housing Requirements Now & in the Future

Confirmed Speackers Include:

  • Matthew Spry, Senior Director, Lichfields & Advisor to the Local Plans Expert Group
  • Ian Manktelow, Strategic Planning Manager, Wycombe DC & Advisor to the Local Plans Expert Group
  • Cristina Howick, Partner – Planning, Peter Brett Associates LLP
  • Michael Bullock, Managing Director, Arc4
  • Heather Stevens, Principal Planner, East Hampshire District Council
  • Ivan Tennant, Principal Planner, Neighbourhood Planning & Engagement, AECOM
  • Professor Christine Whitehead, Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics, LSE (event chair)


Assessing housing requirements is an important part of the planning process but there is no standard approach and LPAs interpret NPPF criteria in different ways. The Government believes such variation is “particularly complex and lacks transparency” and its recent White Paper announced an intention to introduce a “standardised methodology”. What represents current good practice in assessing housing requirements and how will a standard approach affect local planning decisions?

Join Westminster Briefing on 25 May for an up to date brief on assessing housing requirements now and in the future.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Current good practice in assessing housing requirements
  • Assessing the housing requirements of older & disabled people
  • Making sure assessments are robust
  • Local Authority processes & the challenges of community and stakeholder scrutiny
  • Housing Needs Assessments & Neighbourhood Planning: current good practice
  • Government plans to introduce a "standardised approach to assessing housing requirement"
  • Timescales for implementation & potential impacts
  • Reasonable justifications for deviating from the standard methodology
  • The role of the methodology in areas without a local plan
  • Proposals to require LPAs to “have clear policies for addressing the housing requirements of groups with particular needs, such as older and disabled people”

The Event:

The morning session will examine current good practice in assessing housing requirements.

The afternoon session will focus on Government plans to introduce a standardised approach to assessing housing requirements, what this might look like and the impact that it will have.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in planning housing, including: local authority planning & housing officers; developers; elected members; consultants; & surveyors.

For registration enquiries please contact: |
0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities & agenda content, please email:

Thursday 25th May 2017

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

"The current approach to identifying housing requirements is particularly complex and lacks transparency. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out clear criteria but is silent on how this should be done. The lack of a standard methodology for doing this makes the process opaque for local people and may mean that the number of homes needed is not fully recognised."

The Housing White Paper, February 2017

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