The councils that we predict will have to produce a housing delivery action plan for the first time under the 2019 test

Twenty-three councils would, under the 2019 housing delivery test, have to for the first time produce a housing delivery action plan outlining how they will boost the provision of new homes in their area, according to research by Planning.

York: council faces action plan requirement under 2019 housing delivery test
York: council faces action plan requirement under 2019 housing delivery test

The delivery test aims to measure how effectively each local authority is delivering housing. It works by comparing each councils' level of housing delivery - using the the net additional dwelling figures - over a three-year period to the total number of homes required. 

The first test results for the 2015-18 period were published in February - three months late - and the second, covering 2016-19, were due last month. However, they have been postponed, the housing ministry told Planning last month, until after the general election.

Ahead of the government's release of the official 2019 test figures, Planning carried out its own  research to estimate what the results might be. More details on our methodology can be found here.

We found that this year, 112 authorities - or 34 per cent - scored under 95 per cent and seem set to face a penalty under the test, which means they will have to at minimum produce an action plan showing how they will improve their housing delivery performance over the next year.

Following February's 2018 delivery test results, 219 councils escaped any penalty by delivering over 95 per cent of their requirement. 

Of this 219, our study found that 23 councils would in the 2019 test drop under 95 per cent and thefore have to produce an action plan for the first time.

These 23 councils are:

  • Ashfield
  • Ashford
  • Bristol, City of
  • Canterbury
  • Dover
  • Fareham
  • Forest of Dean
  • Gosport
  • Greenwich
  • Hastings
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Oxford
  • Portsmouth
  • Purbeck
  • Sedgemoor
  • South Tyneside
  • St Edmundsbury
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Walsall
  • Watford
  • Wealden
  • Wellingborough
  • York

The penalties take effect from the moment the results are published, according to the 2018 National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). 

Full details from our study of all the 112 councils' estimated housing requirement and delivery figures can be found here.

You can read Planning's Insight Report into the strategies adopted by 67 councils in the first round of housing delivery action plans here.


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