35 councils promising new site allocations to help deliver homes

More than half of the councils in the parts of England underperforming most on housing delivery intend to bring forward more site allocations in local plans, according to research by Planning.

Home building: more than half of action plans commit to bringing forward new allocations
Home building: more than half of action plans commit to bringing forward new allocations

Planning has reviewed housing delivery test action plans published so far by councils in the parts of England underperforming most on housing delivery. The research shows that 35 authorities state that they intend to bring forward new site allocations in local plans or area action plans, in order to help deliver more homes, or that they are already in the process of doing so. 

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

Likely allocations cited in the action plans include for strategic development areas and other major developments (such as in Havering and Medway) and sites identified in area action plans (such as in Adur and Haringey).

Planning's council-by council breakdown  allows readers to identify which councils are promising which actions, and click through to their action plans to get more details.

The councils stating that their actions to boost housing delivery include identifying and bringing forward new site allocations are:




-Basingstoke and Deane


-Bracknell Forest


-Brighton and Hove



-Epping Forest


-Great Yarmouth







-Isle of Wight





-Mid Suffolk

-Mole Valley

-North Somerset




-South Holland



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 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

- increase planning department resources/capacity

- 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

  • The Planning for Housing conference, organised by Planning, takes place in central London on November 12. Speakers include housing minister Esther McVey, MHCLG chief planner Steve Quartermain and Taylor Wimpey planning director Mark Skilbeck. For details, click here

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