District population, employment and housing

Local Authorities must follow national planning guidance (called PPG3 Housing). This ensures land is used with greater efficiency. Ways in which Local Authorities can achieve this include:

  • encouraging the re-use of previously developed land
  • promoting higher densities, and
  • monitoring the extent to which national and regional targets are being met

To meet this challenge, the Development Policy Team has taken the lead in developing a Planning Application Records System (PARS). This is a PC compatible Microsoft Access database. It monitors residential land supply and the extent to which councils meet targets for development. This includes development on previously developed land and housing density.