Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment, Selby District Council

Client: Selby District Council
Location: Selby, Yorkshire

In 2020, GL Hearn produced the Housing and Economic Development Needs Assessment (HEDNA) for Selby District Council. This was followed by an update in 2022 to provide a detailed examination of the change to employment land and housing need resulting the impact of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic.


The 2022 update produced

  • a revised baseline employment growth projection for the District;
  • custom employment growth scenarios to capture trends within the Selby economy;
  • employment growth linked to the potential jobs provided by strategic (allocated) and non-allocated sites;
  • analysing the impact of the Pandemic on the local economy; and
  • “employment led” housing need taking into account revised jobs growth projections.

The update involved close consultation with officers from the economic development team to provide a robust analysis of employment land supply and demand balance.

Also, the analysis of “economic-led” housing need provided bespoke modelling related to those forced into unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report argued of the existence of a “latent labour supply” of people who would return to the market as the economy recovered.

The team were able to deliver the work within a tight time frame to meet the Council’s Local Plan review programme.

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GL Hearn provided a highly experienced team of professionals to provide a robust piece of evidence on the future scale of economic growth, ensuring that its relationship with housing growth was fully explored and reflected in its recommendations. Furthermore, the document provided a thorough analysis of the housing needs of the district, including affordable housing need.
Planning Policy team
Selby District Council