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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 19 September 2017 for answer on 26 September 2017

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Written Questions must be tabled at least five working days before they are to be answered. In practice, Ministers aim to answer within seven/eight days but are not bound to do so. Answers are published in the language in which they are provided, with a translation into English of responses provided in Welsh.


To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs

Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): What consideration will the Cabinet Secretary give to amending TAN 1 to allow for use of the past building rates method in calculating housing land supply? (WAQ74200)
Janet Finch-Saunders (Aberconwy): When will the Cabinet Secretary revise TAN 1 Section 7.5.1 to permit the consideration of alternative land supply methodologies? (WAQ74201)

Answer received on 25 September 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs (Lesley Griffiths): As part of the revisions to TAN 1 in 2015, the use of the alternative methodology for calculating housing land supply, based on past build rates, was removed. This methodology was based on the past underperformance of the house-building industry and does not relate to delivery against the housing requirements established by Local Planning Authorities in their Local Development Plans to meet the needs of their communities.

Planning policy and guidance, including TAN 1, is kept under review.

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