20 councils that are boosting planning team resources

Almost a third of published housing delivery test action plans say the local authority will invest in planning department resources and capacity to help boost homes delivery, according to the latest research by Planning.

Bolton: Council's proposed actions to boost housing delivery include increasing resources for the planning
Bolton: Council's proposed actions to boost housing delivery include increasing resources for the planning

A review of the housing delivery test action plans published so far by councils finds that 20 authorities state that they either will increase resources in their planning teams in order to help deliver more homes, or that they have already done so. Extra resources cited in the plans include hiring new development management case officers, planning implementation officers and strategic planners.


Read our council-by-council guide to measures being taken to boost housing delivery

The most common approaches to boosting housing delivery revealed by the action plans

The most common causes of housing under-delivery, according to action plans

The 21 councils who could be made vulnerable by the lack of a housing delivery action plan

Councils’ Housing Delivery Action Plans: Planning’s full Insight Report


Planning studied the 67 action plans published so far in areas shown by the government’s housing delivery test to have delivered fewer than 85 per cent of their target number of homes over the previous three years. The research covered all the plans which were published as of 7 October 2019. 

The councils stating that their actions to boost housing delivery include increasing resources for the planning department are:

  • Adur
  • Barnet
  • Bolton
  • Bracknell Forest
  • Bradford
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Epping Forest
  • Great Yarmouth
  • Harlow
  • Havering
  • Herefordshire
  • Isle of Wight
  • Medway
  • North Hertfordshire
  • South Cambridgeshire
  • South Kesteven
  • Southwark
  • Staffordshire Moorlands
  • Thanet
  • Waveney

The research outlines the overall numbers of councils who have and haven’t published an action plan, and highlights the common causes of housing under-delivery as cited in the published action plans. 

It also identifies councils who, as part of their plans to boost housing delivery, are proposing to:

- increase direct delivery of housing, either through the setting up of a council-owned housing company or involvement in a joint venture

- make new land allocations or area designations in DPDs

- initiate calls for sites or Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments

- review use of conditions

- consider CPOs or direct purchase of land

- encourage the use of small sites

- encourage or support higher density development

and much more

View our exclusive council-by-council breakdown of proposed actions to tackle housing under-delivery to see the identity of the councils concerned, and view their action plans.


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