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The councils that have gained a five-year housing land supply under the 2020 delivery test results

Some 26 councils have seen their housing land supply targets reduced following this year's housing delivery test results. Of these, research suggests that two local authorities in Essex and Kent have gained a five-year land supply as required in national policy, which means they are no longer subject to weakened planning protections.

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The councils likely to lose their five year land supply in light of the housing delivery test results

The 2020 housing delivery test results mean that 55 councils are now subject to the National Planning Policy Framework's presumption in favour of sustainable development. However, two more local authorities are also likely to be subject to the same penalty as a result of their housing land supply buffer increasing under the test, research suggests.

Likely to lose its five year housing land supply: Merton Council offices (Pic: Robin Sones geograph.org.uk CC BY-SA 2.0)

The councils likely to lose their five year land supply as a result of the 2021 housing delivery test results

Two more authorities are likely to face having weakened housing supply policies following the 2021 housing delivery test results due to losing their five year housing land supply position, according to Planning research.

Haringey: no longer subject to the NPPF's presumption in favour of sustainable development (Pic: Getty Images)

The councils escaping the presumption in favour of sustainable development as a result of the 2021 housing delivery test

Six councils are set to escape the penalty that weakens their housing supply policies as a result of improved home delivery rates in this year’s housing delivery test results, according to Planning research.

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The councils facing the housing delivery test’s most severe sanction that would otherwise not be

Of the 51 councils that are subject to the housing delivery test’s most severe sanction - the weakening of their housing supply policies - only about one in five of them would not face the penalty anyway, according to Planning research.

Facing presumption for the first time: Canterbury (Pic: Getty Images)

The councils facing the housing delivery test’s most severe sanction for the first time

Of the 51 councils that are subject to the most severe penalty in this year's housing delivery test (HDT) - which involves the weakening of their housing supply policies - just three will face the sanction for the first time, according to Planning research.

Tower Hamlets Council offices (Pic: Chris McKenna - CC BY SA 4.0)

The 13 councils whose housing land supply targets have reduced under the 2021 delivery test

Some 13 councils have had their housing land supply targets reduced as a result of the government’s 2021 housing delivery test results, with the proportion of planned homes they need to add to their five-year pipeline falling from 20 to five per cent.

Bradford Town Hall. Pic: Jon Farman

The ten councils whose housing land supply targets have increased under the 2021 delivery test

Just ten councils now have an increased housing land supply target - with the proportion of planned homes they need to add to their required five-year pipeline going up from five to 20 per cent - as a result of the government's 2021 delivery test results, almost half the number that saw an increase last year.

DLUHC HQ (Pic: Thomas Nugent CC BY SA 2.0 geograph.org.uk)

The councils that are being sanctioned under the 2021 housing delivery test

Some 51 local authorities will this year face the housing delivery test’s most severe sanction, according to the latest results published today, while the overall number penalised has dropped by 13 per cent compared to last year after the government eased the assessment criteria.

Housing minister Christopher Pincher. Image: MHCLG

MHCLG to ease next housing delivery test assessment with four-month 'adjustment' over Covid impact

The government has announced that it will substantially ease the next set of housing delivery test results by subtracting four months from councils' housing requirement figures for 2020/21 - a third of the entire year - due to the "disruption" caused to homebuilding by the Covid-19 pandemic.

What new affordability data means for councils' housing need levels

The latest government data indicating slightly improved housing affordability means that local housing need levels will drop for almost half of English councils, with more authorities in the North and Midlands experiencing increases compared to London and the South, according to analysis by experts.

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