Housing Delivery Test

Housing Delivery Test Action Plan

The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) was introduced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in 2018 to ensure that local authorities and other stakeholders are held accountable for their role in ensuring new homes are delivered.
The HDT assesses the number of homes built in local authority areas over the previous three years and compares these against local housing requirements. The HDT 2018 results were published by MHCLG on 19 February 2019. The council scored 76%, with an under-delivery of approximately 600 dwellings over the last three years.
Local Planning Authorities that fail to meet delivery targets are required to take appropriate action to address under delivery. As a consequence of the HDT result, the council is required to prepare a housing action plan and to add a 20% buffer to the five year housing land supply calculation.
Officers have drafted a first action plan in conjunction with the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) and the peer group established by PAS. 
This action plan is now available for review.