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Calculating housing land supply in the post-COVID era - 'deliverable' sites and other stories

The debate about whether the definition of 'deliverable site' in the Glossary to the NPPF, and used for the purposes of calculating a five-year housing land supply, is a 'closed list' of types of site has raged for some time. Josef Cannon, Rob Williams and Dr Ashley Bowes consider a recent important Planning Court case.

In a recent case in the Planning Court, the Secretary of State has conceded that the definition is not a closed list: the examples given in categories (a) and (b) are examples, and sites which do not fall into either (notably emerging allocations, sites with only a resolution to grant etc) can be considered deliverable if the evidence supports such a finding.

Josef Cannon, who acted for the successful local authority claimant in that statutory challenge, will give some background to the position. He will be joined by Rob Williams, who will consider the wider implications of Secretary of State's concession in terms of calculating the five-year housing land supply, and by Dr Ashley Bowes, who will give his thoughts on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing delivery.

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About the speakers

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Josef Cannon

Josef's practice at the Bar focuses on licensing, town and country planning, regulatory work and property including landlord and tenant. He is co-chair of the Cornerstone licensing team.

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Robert Williams

Rob is a specialist in public and administrative, planning and environmental, and compulsory purchase law.

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Ashley Bowes

Dr Ashley Bowes

Dr Ashley Bowes specialises in all aspects of the development and use of land, including planning, property, licensing and local government law.

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