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Statement: Housing Delivery Test 20 February 2019

The Government (Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government) has announced the Housing Delivery test for 2018 (19 February 2019).

New Forest district's 755 homes built since 2015, against this new calculation of 2,144, means we score 35% of our assessed need using this measure.  However, this is a new way of measuring housing delivery and compares the total number of homes ass

The Government (Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government) has announced the Housing Delivery test for 2018 (19 February 2019).

New Forest district's 755 homes built since 2015, against this new calculation of 2,144, means we score 35% of our assessed need using this measure.  However, this is a new way of measuring housing delivery and compares the total number of homes assessed as being required in the past three years against the number delivered and takes no account of the housing targets we have been working to deliver in accordance with our current Local Plan, which has a significantly lower figure than the target used in this measure.  The figure in our current Local Plan is lower as it is based on the growth figure identified through the South East Plan which recognised the need for very restricted growth, albeit doubling what we have delivered in the past.  The reasons for this were supported at the time by a Government appointed inspector.

NFDC has prioritised moving forward a new Local Plan, which is subject to Government examination in the summer. Our new Local Plan promotes an appropriate level of housing growth for the area and we are working to ensure that we will be able to deliver the appropriate level of growth confirmed through the Local Plan Examination process.

The geographical areas that are scoring between 25% and 85%, of which NFDC is one, must identify 20% more land for development than originally required in the five-year supply included in local plans and this is something we will take account of in our housing delivery figures for the next five years.    

Good quality, affordable housing remains of paramount importance to the Council and we welcome anything that enables us to deliver an appropriate level of new housing for our community.  We would like to reassure our residents that this 35% Housing Delivery score should not be of concern as we are already well on our way to accelerating the numbers of new homes built in the New Forest district to meet housing need, whilst taking into consideration the special characteristics of the area.  

Claire Upton-Brown, Chief Planning Officer

Published: 20 Feb 2019
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