45 councils that say they will directly deliver more homes

Two-thirds of published housing delivery test action plans in the parts of England that are under-performing most on housing delivery state that the local authority concerned intends to deliver more homes directly, according to the latest research by Planning.

Homes construction: 45 councils say they will directly deliver more housing
Homes construction: 45 councils say they will directly deliver more housing

A review of the housing delivery test action plans published so far by councils finds that 45 authorities state that they will deliver more homes directly, such as through council-owned housing companies or joint ventures, 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

Methods for direct delivery include estate regeneration programmes, delivery through council-owned companies or the housing revenue account programme, or involvement in partnerships or joint ventures. 

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:

- Barnet

- Bolton

- Bradford

- Brighton and Hove

- Basildon


- Broxtowe

- Bury

- East Cambridgeshire

- East Hertfordshire

- Eastbourne

- Elmbridge

- Epsom and Ewell

- Gateshead

- Gedling

- Gravesham

- Great Yarmouth

- Guildford

- Hackney

- Haringey

- Harlow

- Havering

- Herefordshire

- Isle of Wight

- Islington

- Kingston upon Thames

- Lewes

- Medway

- Melton

- Mid Suffolk

- Newham

- Oldham

- Pendle

- Rochford

- Sefton

- South Kesteven

- Southwark

- Spelthorne

- St Albans

- Stockport

- Tandridge

- Thanet

- Three Rivers

- Wigan

- Wirral

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:

- make new land allocations or area designations in DPDs

- 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.

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.

  • 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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