Housing Delivery Test

The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) was introduced to ensure local authorities and wider interests are held accountable for their role in ensuring new homes are delivered in their area. 

The HDT measures net additional dwellings provided in a local authority area against the homes required, with the method for calculating the figure for the HDT being set out in the Housing Delivery Test measurement rule book. Local planning authorities that fail to meet delivery rate targets are required to take appropriate action to address under delivery.

HDT result for Poole

The Housing Delivery Test: 2018 measurement results were finally published on 19 February 2019, with the former Borough of Poole returning a delivery measurement of 68% against the number of homes required, based on the number of homes delivered in the Borough over the 3 year period between 2015-16 and 2017-18.

In accordance with Paragraph 18 of the Housing Delivery Test rule book, the Borough of Poole queried the HDT figure with the MHCLG, as the newly adopted Local Plan housing target, which included the first 3 years of measurement, had not been taken into account in calculating the HDT figure, but used the Standard Methodology figure for Poole instead.

As a consequence, based on the information provided, the HDT figure was re-calculated, resulting in a revised figure for Poole of 85%. Confirmation of this result is available in the letter from MHCLG.

The revised result requires Poole to prepare an `action plan’ aimed at further boosting the delivery of housing.

Page last updated: 24 June 2020
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