Controversial figures for the number of houses Leeds is going to need over the coming years look likely to be revised downwards later this year by a significant amount.
The Labour council’s housing target of 70,000 new homes (from 2014-28) has come under consistent fire since it was announced, with opposition parties and campaign groups in parts of the city saying it was far too high and didn’t reflect the latest evidence on population growth from the Office of National Statistics.
A council press release today quotes one senior councillor involved in a review of the figures as saying that initial findings indicated that “a revised housing need for Leeds may be in the region of 55,000 homes up to 2033”.
Cllr Peter Gruen, who chairs a consultative group made up of house-builders, community groups and others, said that once the review is complete the council will have to consider its findings. “Any revised housing figure would then be subject to wider public consultation by the end of the year,” he added.
The council launched a review of the figures back in March 2015.
Council planning chief Cllr Richard Lewis said today that “latest information and population evidence points to lower and slower growth than was originally forecast.”
“So it is likely this review will recommend the overall figure for housing need should be reduced to reflect what we know now,” he added.
The review of housing need – known as the Strategic Housing Market Assessment – was supposed to have been finalised this month. It will replace the previous version that was published in 2011.