Housing Delivery Action Plan

The Housing Delivery Action Plan can be accessed here. MKC Housing Delivery Test Action Plan (PDF, 354KB)

Housing Delivery Action Plan

In 2019 the Government formally introduced a new national test to asses housing delivery in local authority areas.  The first ever set of Housing Delivery Tests results for were published on 19 February 2019. The Housing Delivery Test (HDT) provides transparency about where housing is, or is not, being delivered in relation to the number of homes communities require.  It is based on a 3-year rolling period for delivery, against the relevant housing target for that period.

The first rolling 3 year period was calculated to November 2018, and in Milton Keynes our Core Strategy housing target was the relevant measure.  Our HDT result indicates for the three year period 2015/16 to 2017/18, there were 3,908 homes delivered within Milton Keynes. This represents 85% of the identified housing requirement[1] for this period.  As a result the local authority is required to produce a Housing Delivery Action Plan, as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Milton Keynes Council’s Cabinet first considered the issue of housing delivery in January 2018, and resolved to develop a cross-party agreement on the delivery of new homes and a comprehensive Action Plan. The Cabinet report can be viewed at: Cabinet 020118 - Delivery of Homes in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Council Housing Delivery Action Plan (October 2018)

In Summer 2018 the Council became a pilot authority, working with the Planning Advisory Service (PAS) and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to develop the approach to data analysis and Action Plans.  In October 2018 the MKC published its Housing Delivery Action Plan, ahead of its formal HDT result.

The Action Plan seeks to reflect challenges and identify actions to address under-delivery.  It outlines 4 themes that require consideration in understanding the key factors influencing and driving low delivery rates, namely: the planning process; infrastructure and public services; supply-side issues; and demand-side issues.

Furthermore, the Action Plan sets out a range of practical and proactive measures that the Council is putting in place to address low rates of delivery, and a process to monitor implementation. Five key strands of activity, with associated actions, were identified where action is needed, these were: the corporate prioritisation of housing delivery; improved planning processes and consistency in decision making; supporting the market to deliver; stimulating demand through effective placemaking, marketing and promotion; and working with Government and other stakeholders.

The Council has up an officer level Programme Board to oversee implementation of the Housing Delivery Action Plan to meet the housing requirement in Plan:MK, and an Infrastructure Sub Board, to strengthen the alignment of infrastructure delivery from developer contributions with growth.

Planning Advisory Service Peer Review – 2019

In 2019 the Planning Advisory Service did a review of some of the pilot Action Plans, including Milton Keynes Council’s.  This review has provided Milton Keynes with some indication of areas to focus on in the first formal review of the Action Plan.  This review will be programmed to also take into account the second set of HDT results, covering the period 2016/17 to 2018/19.  In the meantime the October 2018 Action Plan has been republished, consistent with the need to have an Action Plan in place 6 months after the announcement of the HDT results in February 2019.


[1] For the years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 the Government has applied the 2014-based household projections when calculating the number of homes required for each local authority. For future years the requirement for Milton Keynes will be the lower of either the adopted Local Plan figure (the annual requirement in Plan:MK is 1,766 dwellings per annum) or the local housing needs figure.



Last Updated: 28 August 2019