Government delays local plan standardised methodology

A consultation on a new way for councils to assess their local housing requirements has been delayed until the autumn, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed.

The Housing White Paper, published in February, had promised a consultation to set out options for introducing a proposed standardised approach to assessing housing requirements.

In February, former housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell said the consultation would be published "fairly shortly". But June's snap general election had raised fears that the timetable proposed in the white paper could slip.

In a speech to the Local Government Association conference in Birmingham earlier this month, communities secretary Sajid Javid said the consultation would be published by the end of July.

But DCLG has confirmed that this will not now happen. A spokeswoman for the department said: "We intend to publish the local housing need consultation when Parliament returns in September."

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