The botched introduction of the botched standardized OAN methodology just gets worse.
If the SHMA based method is lower you use that- as in Central Beds
If the new method is lower you use that – as in Northumberland.
Either way we get less housing not more.
By the way the report for the new local plan is a joke as the standard OAN method is ’employment off’ the report says the area needs more housing because of a rapidly aging population but says nothing as to how much the housing target needs adjusting to match employment growth – so it doesn’t even match teh new method. Rather the figures are arbitrary to delete the former administration Garden Village proposal.
The employment targets require 10,000 additional jobs, for which the plan proposes only 2,200 homes above the new government OAN, around 1/3rd of the homes target implied by the jobs target if in commuting is not to massively increase. The targets just don’t add up, of course the old chief planner said that and he was fired.