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  • Mar 2017

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PlansBlockedHousing White Paper Delivery Test

The Government’s Housing White Paper proposes implementation of a Housing Delivery Test to ensure that under-performing authorities are suitably impelled to permit housing schemes through a policy and assessment mechanism.

Depending on the severity of housing undersupply, an array of increasingly rigorous decision-making tools will be applied over the next three years, ranging from an Action Plan to address under-delivery, to a 20% buffer on the housing requirement to full implementation of the presumption in favour of sustainable development. According to paragraph 2.49 of the HWP, the Delivery Test will be implemented in line with the following annual stages:

At (date):Nov-2017Nov-2017Nov-2018Nov-2019Nov-2020
If Delivery below:95%85%25%45%65%
LPA must implement:Action Plan20% bufferPresumptionPresumptionPresumption


Clearly, only the worst-performing authorities will be subject to the automatic presumption from 2018, giving those remaining sufficient time to avoid the same fate. However, those LPAs whose housing delivery has still not reached 45% of their housing requirement by 2019 and 65% by 2020 will have their policy position handicapped in the same way.

Each authority’s record of delivery will be assessed as an average over three rolling years, with the first assessment period being 2014/15 to 2016/17. These figures, and the categorised authorities, will be released later in the year.

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