Responding to the launch of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Ambitions for the North report Stuart Natkus, planning director at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, said: “This report suggests some bold steps towards addressing challenges in the delivery of new homes.
“Recognition that the Standard Methodology – the process of calculating new housing need – is out of step with the economic agenda and needs replacing is important.
“Barton Willmore has said the methodology put forward by the Department for Communities and Local Government last year may mean more homes for the country overall but it could prove to be severely detrimental to Yorkshire and the Humber.
“Housing growth is a key stimulator of economic growth and regional local authorities need new homes to make this a reality.
“The report also recommends a stronger framework for dealing with the Green Belt – one which safeguards its functions but balances it with other factors.”