The Housing Land Audit and Completions Programme sets out the amount of land available for house building, identifies any issues and assesses the amount of land supply against the targets and required land in the Strategic Development Plan.
We’ve produced a short video which helps explain where we are with land availability and housing completions in Edinburgh:
The audit we prepare has always provided an estimate of what is likely to be built on each site, each year. The key change is that we now look at the supply of housing land, (managed by the planning system) and the delivery of new homes (by developers and landowners) as separate things.
This is better because we can see what is holding up the building of houses, and what can be done to increase the number of new houses.
Our report to the Planning Committee on 3 October 2018 shows that there is more than enough housing land, free from development constraints and that we are exceeding our five year target to build more houses.
The Review of the Scottish Planning System identified the need to be clear about how much housing land is required, and we want this new approach to help inform future policy and guidance. We have shared this with other Scottish planning authorities and had the pleasure of winning a Scottish Award for Quality in Planning for our new way of working.