Housing Land Audit 2021/22

We monitor the supply of land for housing and produce the Housing Land Audit (HLA) annually. The HLA estimates the number of houses to be built each year in the Council area. The housing supply target and requirement are set out in the Falkirk Local Development Plan.

The Falkirk Council area has enough housing sites in the Housing Land Audit to build 2978 units to 2026 (4.8 years supply based on the housing land requirement) and a further 3952 units after that. A number of additional sites with indicative capacity for 1479 units are not counted as contributing to the housing land supply. There are enough sites in the HLA, the Local Development Plan and anticipated windfall development to meet the target of 6894 units between 2017 and 2030.

Indicative additional supply (from June 2021 to June 2022):

Granted consent post 2021/22 HLA 69
Minded to grant post 2021/22 HLA 409

Local Development Plan

The Local Development Plan (LDP2) was adopted on 7th August 2020 and sets out the housing land requirement between 2017 and 2030 with a total requirement of 8066 or 620/year and a housing land target of 6894 or 530 units/year.

Settlement Areas Summary

Settlement Area Effective Supply
Years 1-5
Established Supply
5-10 years

10+ years
Bo’ness 503 535 30 1068
Bonnybridge and Banknock 327 867 204 1382
Braes Urban Area 352 509 205 1066
Denny 524 473 61 1058
Falkirk 538 572 45 1155
Grangemouth 2 0 0 2
Larbert and Stenhousemuir 262 35 0 297
Rural North 157 81 0 238
Rural South 313 328 7 648
Total 2978 3400 552 6930

Supply across Settlement Areas.

A bar chart showing the housing land supply for each of the LDP settlement areas. This is split into effective supply year 1 to 5 in green, the established supply years 5 to 10 in yellow and the established supply after year 10 in red.

Source 2021/22 HLA

The focus for housing development continues to broaden across the Council area. The overall effective supply has increased slightly compared to the previous year. The effective supply remains reasonably stable in Bo'ness, Bonnybridge and Banknock, the Braes Urban Area, Denny and Rural North. The effective supply has decreased in Falkirk, Larbert and Stenhousemuir and Grangemouth. Rural South has seen the most noticeable increase with a housing consent in Whitecross. For Falkirk a number of allocated LDP2 sites have still to come forward for development and in Larbert and Stenhousemuir the Hill of Kinnaird 1 site is reaching completion with 1 further LDP site to come forward.

Housing Completions 2011-2021

A bar chart showing housing completions between 2011 and 2021. Each column is split into private in blue and social housing in red completions.

Housing Completions by Area 2011-2021

A bar chart showing housing completions from 2011 at the bottom to 2021 at the top by settlement area.

Past Housing Land Audits

Housing Land Audit Summary 2020-2021
Housing Land Audit 2020-2021

Further Information

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View interactive HLA 2021/22 Map

You can download the HLAs below:

Housing Land Audit 2021-2022 Summary