The Housing Delivery Test offer transparency on the level of housing delivery in an area. It is an annual percentage measurement over a rolling three year period, calculated by dividing the total net homes delivered period with the total number of homes required.
The 2021 Housing Delivery Test measurement will be calculated using data relating to financial years 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21. Over the course of the 2020-21 measurement year, there were considerable variations in levels of housing delivery as local authorities and construction industry continued to face disruption due to the pandemic.
With this in mind, the government has announced that it will subtract four months from councils’ housing requirement figures for 2020/21 – a third of the entire year. The thresholds for consequences for under-delivery will be maintained, as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework