There is now broad agreement that we need more homes, and large scale developments are a key part of delivering the housing the UK needs. However, simply increasing the supply of homes is not enough. We need to deliver sustainable, vibrant communities in the right places that people want to live in and can afford.
This practice advice note provides an introduction to some of the practical challenges and considerations for planners bringing forward large scale housing developments and provides tools, experience and best practice examples from research in the South West of England and throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The advice draws primarily on the results of research commissioned by the RTPI and RTPI South West, conducted by Heriot Watt University and Three Dragons Consultancy on The Deliverability and Affordability of Housing in the South West of England. This research looked at housing developments of between 650 and 8,000 dwellings. A full report and summary are available.
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