The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) was introduced by Government as a way of monitoring whether a local planning authority is building enough homes to meet their housing requirement.
The HDT measures the number of new homes built over the previous three years against the authority's housing requirement. Local planning authorities are required to take appropriate actions where certain delivery target thresholds, set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), are not met.
Where housing delivery has been less than 95% of the housing requirement, LPAs should prepare an action plan setting out the causes of under delivery and the intended actions to increase delivery;
Where delivery has been less than 85% of the housing requirement, a 20% buffer should be applied when calculating the five year housing land supply;
Where delivery has been less than 75% of the housing requirement, the NPPFs presumption in favour of sustainable development will apply.
On 19th February 2019, the first HDT results were published by Government. They measure housing delivery over the period 2015/16 to 2017/18. Both Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Borough Council have prepared an Action Plan for the respective planning area. The Action Plans provide an analysis of recent housing delivery, the key reasons for the past under delivery and identify measures that the Council intends to implement to improve housing provision. Both Action Plans are available to view or download in the below tabs.