Housing Delivery Test (HDT)

The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) was introduced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in 2018 to ensure that local authorities and other stakeholders are held accountable for their role in ensuring new homes are delivered.

The HDT assesses the number of homes built in local authority areas over the previous three years and compares these against local housing requirements. Local Planning Authorities that fail to meet delivery targets are required to take appropriate action to address under delivery.

The fourth Housing Delivery Test was published in January 2022, and covers the period from 2018/19 - 2020/21. The results for each authority are as follows:

  • Adur District Council scored 77%:
    As a consequence, an Action Plan will be prepared, and in calculating the five-year housing land supply, a 20% buffer must be added.
  • Worthing Borough Council scored 35%:
    As a consequence, the presumption in favour of sustainable development applies; an Action Plan will be produced, and in calculating the five-year housing land supply, a 20% buffer must be added.

The updated Action Plans will be published on this website in due course.

Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council Housing Delivery Test Action Plans

Each Council has produced a Housing Delivery Test Action Plan. The purpose of the Action Plan is to identify key issues for the under-delivery of new housing in the district/borough and outlines what actions will be taken to increase and maintain delivery levels.

The Plans outline a number of actions to increase housing delivery and ensure that this is maintained over the longer term.

To help increase future housing delivery, the Councils would welcome suggestions on any future actions from interested stakeholders.

Documents

Current Action Plans - 2021:

The 2021 Housing Delivery Test Action Plans cover the period 2017/18, 2018/19, and 2019/20, and can be downloaded below:

Previous Action Plans:

2020:

The 2020 Housing Delivery Test Action Plans covers the period 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 and can be downloaded below:

2019:

The 2019 Housing Delivery Test Action Plans covers the period 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 and can be downloaded below:

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Page last updated: 13 April 2022

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