Shortage of housing land continues in Powys

Published January 10th, 2017

Powys County Council is moving towards adoption of its new Development Plan for the County, but until this new Local Development Plan (LDP) is adopted, likely to be towards the end of 2017, the county is unable to demonstrate that it has an adequate supply of housing land.

Powys County Council’s latest housing land availability study, that monitors the supply of housing land in its planning area, has revealed a massive shortfall in land available for future housing. The council is required by the Welsh Government to ensure that sufficient housing land is available, or will become available, for a five-year supply of land for housing. The survey has revealed a housing land supply of 2.2 years.

“This is a small improvement on the 2015 figure of 1.9 years but is still far below the required five-year land supply target,” said Mike Lloyd, a planning consultant covering Wales for Berrys which helped prepare the study.

The five-year land supply comprises sites with outline or full planning permission, sites with a resolution to grant planning permission subject to the signing of a section 106 agreement and sites allocated for housing in adopted development plans, categorised as prescribed in TAN 1.

“Powys’ adopted Unitary Development Plan has reached the end of its Plan period and therefore Powys will not now be able to demonstrate a five-year supply until a replacement plan is adopted,” Mike said.

“The replacement LDP is at an advanced stage in its preparation with the examination likely to re-commence at the beginning of 2017. Nonetheless, there remain significant issues with the soundness of the Plan that may prove insurmountable.”

In the absence of a five-year housing land supply, the Welsh Government encourages Councils to look more favourably on residential applications outside development boundaries.

“There is still 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,” Mike added.

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

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More about Mike Lloyd

Planning Consultant
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.