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Colin Robinson

The Planning Practitioner Award finalist

Effective or Defective: The Housing Delivery Test

Colin Robinson MRTPI

(Lichfields Planning)

Research description

The Government’s Housing Delivery Test [HDT] aims to encourage LPAs to boost housing supply to avoid losing control of development in their areas. Lichfields produced an Insight report investigating how effective the HDT actually is as a mechanism to tackle housing under-delivery and how it can be improved. We found that 4 out of 5 districts that fail the most punitive threshold also cannot demonstrate an up to date 5YHLS, which means the tilted balance has already been triggered via another avenue. In practice, housing delivery in just 1 authority nationwide is likely to be significantly boosted by the HDT. Read here.

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