35 councils promising new site allocations to help deliver homes

More than half of the councils in the parts of England underperforming most on housing delivery intend to bring forward more site allocations in local plans.

Research shows that 35 authorities state that they intend to bring forward new site allocations in local plans or area action plans, in order to help deliver more homes, or that they are already in the process of doing so.

Likely allocations cited in the action plans include for strategic development areas and other major developments (such as in Havering and Medway) and sites identified in area action plans (such as in Adur and Haringey).

The councils stating that their actions to boost housing delivery include identifying and bringing forward new site allocations are:




-Basingstoke and Deane


-Bracknell Forest


-Brighton and Hove



-Epping Forest


-Great Yarmouth







-Isle of Wight





-Mid Suffolk

-Mole Valley

-North Somerset




-South Holland



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.

The research outlines the overall numbers of councils who have and haven’t published an action plan, and highlights the common causes of housing under-delivery as cited in the published action plans.

It also identifies councils who, as part of their plans to boost housing delivery, are proposing to:

  • increase direct delivery of housing, either through the setting up of a council-owned housing company or involvement in a joint venture

  • increase planning department resources/capacity

  • initiate calls for sites or Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments

  • review use of conditions

  • consider CPOs or direct purchase of land

  • encourage the use of small sites

  • encourage or support higher density development

and much more.

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