17 councils focusing on small sites to boost their housing delivery rates

Seventeen housing delivery test action plans produced by councils in the parts of England under-performing most on building new homes say they intend to encourage small site development, according to new research.

A review of the housing delivery test action plans published so far by councils finds that 17 authorities state they will encourage or consider encouraging the use of small site developments, or that they already do so.


The councils stating that their actions to boost housing delivery include encouraging small site developments are:


  • Barnet

  • Basingstoke and Deane

  • Bradford

  • Brighton and Hove

  • East Hertfordshire

  • Gedling

  • Hackney

  • Harlow

  • Herefordshire

  • Kingston upon Thames

  • Kirklees

  • Mole Valley

  • Pendle

  • Southwark

  • Spelthorne

  • Stockport

  • Swale


Studies were conducted of the 67 action plans published so far in areas shown by the government’s housing delivery test to have delivered fewer than 85 per cent of their target number of homes over the previous three years. The research covered all the plans which were published as of 7 October 2019.


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