The Housing Land Availability Monitor (the “Monitor”) measures net gains in housing within the Belfast City Council boundary. It provides a snapshot of the amount of land available for new homes as of 1 April each year. The process followed to produce the Annual Housing Monitor is summarised at Appendix A.
The Monitor presents a register of potential housing land, based on current planning policy designations [Footnote 1] and planning permissions, rather than an accurate picture of viable housing land. It is the role of an Urban Capacity Study (UCS), which will be undertaken from time to time, to assess the suitability, availability and achievability of monitored sites to contribute to a viable supply of land. The most recent UCS [Footnote 2] was completed in March 2018 and, although new sites identified are not included in the Monitor, the outcomes are summarised within the 2017 - 2018 Belfast Housing Land Availability Summary Report.