Home Delivery – The Type a Courier Can’t Help With

28th January 2021

How much housing is actually being delivered across the country?

The latest results have been published for the past the three-year period (from 2017/18 to 2019/20) and measure how many homes have been completed against the requirement.

Local authorities were given a month off due to the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic on housebuilding. However, despite the Government granting them some leeway, a number have still performed poorly in terms of housing delivery, with about a third being penalised in some way for under-delivery.

There are various penalties for under-performing councils:

  • Those delivering between 85% and 95% of their housing requirement must prepare an action plan, setting out how they will try to improve delivery rates.
  • Any local authority that has delivered between 75% and 84% of their housing requirement over the last three years has to add a 20% buffer to their housing land supply, which means that they have to demonstrate that they have a 6 year housing land supply rather than the standard 5 year housing land supply.
  • The strictest penalties are for those authorities who have delivered less than 75% of their housing. In these cases the presumption in favour of sustainable development applies – meaning that their local planning policies for housing are considered out of date, leaving them vulnerable to speculative applications. There are 55 of these councils, including South Bucks, Elmbridge, Three Rivers, Epping Forest, Southwark and Tower Hamlets.

Consideration of housing delivery performance being a material consideration in the determination of planning applications means that these results do give some additional opportunities for progressing proposals on unallocated sites – please contact us and we can advise on a case-by-case basis.

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