Housing Delivery Test and Housing Delivery Action Plan
The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) was introduced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in 2018 as part of the revised National Planning Policy Framework, reinforcing its objective to significantly boost the supply of new homes.
The test measures the extent to which each local authority is meeting its housing needs through the delivery of new dwellings, and sets out a number of actions designed to stimulate delivery should an authority fail the test. The first set of results from the HDT was published in February 2019 and showed that Chesterfield’s delivery rate was at 66% which is deemed to be significantly below target.
Local Planning Authorities that fail to meet delivery targets are required to take appropriate action to address under delivery. As a consequence of the HDT result, the council is required to prepare a Housing Delivery Action Plan and to add a 20% buffer to the five year housing land supply calculation.
Chesterfield’s Housing Delivery Action Plan, which can be viewed below, covers 2019/20 and identifies key issues around the delivery of new housing in the borough. The plan outlines a number of actions to increase housing delivery and ensure that this is maintained over the longer term. Broad actions include:
- identifying an appropriate mix of deliverable housing sites.
- developing an enhanced understanding of barriers to development within the borough.
- improving planning processes.
- working proactively with landowners and investors.
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