Viability study on housing sparks call for residential development sites in Powys

Published November 10th, 2015

Landowners and developers in Powys are being advised to push forward sites for development while conditions are favourable for sustainable housing projects.

Powys County Council has recently undertaken a viability assessment which is recommending a reduction in the amount of affordable housing sought on residential developments, from the current Unitary Development Plan target of between 30 – 35 per cent, down to 20 per cent in the Central Powys and Severn Valley areas and 10 per cent in the Rural North and South West of Powys.

This Viability Study will inform decision makers when determining planning applications and when setting targets and thresholds for affordable housing in the next Local Development Plan, which is due for adoption at the end of 2016.

“While affordable housing is much needed in Powys, the planning system needs to ensure that housing development is viable and that the affordable housing commitment will not put off landowners and developers,” said Mike Lloyd, planning consultant covering Powys for property and planning specialists Berrys.

“These new recommendations should encourage more development and we are expecting landowners and developers to come forward with sites.

“These may be sites already in the development plan that haven’t been developed because they were not viable at previous affordable housing rates or they could be windfall sites” Mike said.

As further fuel for development, national planning policy requires Local Planning Authorities to identify and maintain a rolling five-year supply of deliverable land for housing. At present Powys County Council is lagging well behind with only 1.5 years supply.

“Powys is only identifying 1.5 years housing land supply so the Welsh Government will be encouraging the council to look more favourably on residential applications outside development boundaries,” Mike explained.

“This is a massive opportunity for farmers and landowners to maximise property values and we can assist them in selecting the best sites and with our in-house team of specialist planners, surveyors and architectural technicians we can see them through the planning process from start to finish,” he added.

For more details contact Mike Lloyd at Berrys on 01938 530150 email

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Tel: 01938 530150
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Mike joined Berrys in June 2015 and has unparalleled local knowledge, having spent 13 years in various senior planning roles with Powys County Council. He is a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Town Planning from the University of Central England and an honours degree in Architecture.

Mike delivers planning projects across all sectors including residential, agricultural and commercial.  He has particularly in depth knowledge of the development opportunities available across Mid Wales.