BCP Housing Delivery Test Action Plan

The Housing Delivery Test Action Plan monitors local authority delivery and ensures improvements are made where required

The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) was introduced into national policy through the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in 2018. The purpose of the HDT is to monitor local authority housing delivery against local requirements and to ensure that measures are taken to improve delivery where required.

Where housing delivery falls below 95% of the local requirement (over the preceding 3 financial years), an action plan must be prepared to identify measures to improve delivery.

The first 2018 HDT measurement was published in February 2019 and was measured against the housing requirements set out in the adopted Bournemouth Core Strategy (2012), Christchurch and East Dorset Core Strategy (2014) and Poole Local Plan (2018).

The 2018 HDT results are as follows:

Bournemouth

  • Result: delivered 84% of homes required
  • Consequence: action plan required and 20% buffer applied to 5 year housing land supply

Christchurch and East Dorset

  • Result: delivered 75% of homes required
  • Consequence: action plan required and 5% buffer applied to 5 year housing land supply

Poole

  • Result: delivered 85% of homes required
  • Consequence: action plan required and 5% buffer applied to 5 year housing land supply

The HDT measurement will continue to be calculated against the relevant housing requirement for the adopted Local Plans in Bournemouth, Christchurch and East Dorset, and Poole. 

Where adopted Local Plans are more than 5 years old, the HDT measurement will be calculated by government standard housing methodology. Following adoption of the emerging BCP and Dorset Local Plans the HDT measurement will be calculated against the housing targets in these plans. 

BCP has prepared a single Action Plan as this is the most effective way of addressing issues affecting housing delivery for the new council area. The BCP Action Plan sets out housing delivery performance against Local Plan targets, analysis of housing land supply, issues affecting housing delivery and measures to improve delivery.

The BCP Action Plan has been prepared with the involvement of the local development industry and covers the period 2019 to 2022. The action plan received sign off through BCP Cabinet on 9 October 2019 and will be monitored and updated on an annual basis in line with forthcoming HDT results.