Joint housing land availability study

Powys County Council has to complete a housing land availability study each year to monitor the supply of housing land in its planning area (outside the Brecon Beacons National Park). We are required by Planning Policy Wales to ensure that sufficient land is available, or will become available, for a five-year supply of land for housing.

Current Position

(Last updated 29/05/2018)

The Powys LDP was adopted on the 17th April 2018. In accordance with Welsh Government’s TAN 1, the next formal Joint Housing Land Availability Study will be published by 31st October 2019. The Council will be completing an objective assessment of housing land supply during 2018.

At adoption the independent Inspector was satisfied that a five year supply of land for housing is available in the Powys LDP area. The up-dated Housing Trajectory which outlines housing supply over the Plan period (document ED049) considered by the Inspector at the public examination can be viewed here

The study is undertaken with key stakeholders. The Studies provide part of the evidence base for local planning authorities’ development plans and for their review.

The purpose of the study is:

  • to provide an agreed statement of housing land availability for development planning and development management purposes; and
  • in situations where an insufficient supply is identified, to outline the measures a local planning authority is taking to address the shortfall.

The study also provides information on:

  • housing completions;
  • land availability on previously developed land; and
  • land availability on sites subject to flood risk.

Guidance on the preparation of the study is set out in Technical Advice Note 1, Joint Housing Land Availability Studies (TAN 1). Each study is prepared with a base date of 1st April every year to provide a comprehensive all-Wales picture of housing land availability. TAN 1 also provides guidance on the method for calculating housing land supply and the conditions which sites must satisfy to be included in the Studies.