Local Housing Need Database

by Ed Dade

Local Housing Need (LHN) is the government's standard approach for determining the number of new homes which should be built in each local planning authority area.


The standard method calculates Local Housing Need using two separate datasets from the Office for National Statistics - household growth projections published in 2014, adjusted to take account of local affordability using median workplace-based affordability ratios.

New affordability ratio data is published annually. Therefore, unless it has been fixed through the Local Plan process, the Local Housing Need figure can be recalculated each year.

I have developed a database to maintain an accurate record of each local authority's Local Housing Need data, using the relevant data available in that year.

Please see my blog post New database of Local Housing Need figures which provides more contextual information about the Local Housing Need data.

To launch the Local Housing Need database, click the button.

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