Housing Delivery Test 2020 Measurements

Q1 2021

The Government published the Housing Delivery Test (HDT) 2020 measurement on 19 January 2021. These show local planning authorities’ performances in meeting housing needs in the last three years.

Failure to meet requirements does have consequences for such authorities. Those whose delivery is below 95% of the requirement are required to prepare an action plan to assess the causes of under-delivery and identify actions to increase delivery in future years. Under 75% and authorities are also required to apply the presumption in favour of sustainable development in planning decision-making.

The Government has sought to account for the disruption caused by the first national lockdown in March 2020 by reducing the number of homes required in 2019-2020 by a month’s worth of housing requirement.

Whilst across the country a number of authorities have met or exceeded their requirements, others have fallen short – significantly so, in a number of cases. As per the NPPF transitional arrangements, this is the first year in which the threshold in relation to applying the presumption in favour of sustainable development has been increased to 75%. Unsurprisingly then, the latest measurement sees a marked increase in the number of local planning authorities to which this will apply.

Strutt & Parker’s Planning Teams have prepared maps showing the HDT 2020 measurement for authorities within their respective regions. If you have any questions about these and the potential planning implications of them, we would be more than happy to discuss with you – the relevant contact details for our consultants with detailed knowledge of the particular areas in question are provided alongside their respective maps available via the below links.

We are pleased to be able to provide Housing Delivery Test reports for the following areas:



Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Essex, Hertfordshire & Suffolk




Surrey, Kent & Hampshire