England and Wales is facing a shortfall of 258,000 homes over the next four years according to planning consultancy Turley, with the North West one of the worst regions in the country.
The research shows that according to government plans England and Wales will require at a minimum 1.2m new homes over the next four years. The report Turley Housing Updates reveals that local authorities claim to have land available for around 939,000 of these homes, leaving a shortfall of at least 258,000.
The North West is facing a shortfall of 45,340, with 191,819 houses required but only 146,479 in the pipeline. The discrepancy is the highest nationally behind only the East Midlands, which has a 56,250 shortfall from a housing need of 144,229.
Turley Housing Updates is presented in nine regional reports and examines the published five year housing requirement and land supply position of the 318 Local Planning Authorities in England and Wales, excluding London, between April 2013 and April 2018.
John Acres, director of Turley, said: "Local authorities are required under the National Planning Policy Framework to identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years' worth of housing against their objectively assessed housing requirements. Our research and report shows that at least 211 of the 318 planning authorities fall short of their five year land supply targets.
The Turley Housing Updates provides a snapshot of housing need and supply between April 2013 and April 2018 and is based on housing land supply data provided by the LPAs themselves.