Housing Monitoring

Please Note: The data contained within the below documents relates solely to the monitoring of housing development across the borough prior to 1 January 2022; they do not form the Council's position on future projected completions, nor the Council's assessment of five-year housing land supply.

Housing Monitoring for the Borough of Milton Keynes


Every quarter site visits are conducted on all applications where a new dwelling is proposed. The progress of these sites are noted on a plot by plot basis and recorded on the Council's monitoring system. Reports and spreadsheets are then produced, some of which are reported to DLUHC, and published on the Council's Yearly Housing Statistics page.

There is, however, much more data available and this will be published quarterly on this page.

The monitoring year runs from 1 April to 31 March and contains four quarters.

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Permitted Developments

All applications that include a new dwelling (including change of use (COU) and conversions) are monitored from submission to decision.  The following spreadsheets show you the decisions made on these applications.

  • Status of Housing Applications (XLSX, 73KB)- This spreadsheet shows all applications and their decisions over each monitoring year (1 April - 31 March).
  • Housing Mix of All Permitted Developments (XLSX, 106KB)- This spreadsheets shows the bedroom mix of all the permitted developments by monitoring year. It covers years from 2019/20 up to the present quarter and gives details of the tenure split for each development (developer sale and affordable housing).
  • Housing Mix of Permitted Major Developments (more detailed) (XLSX, 152KB) -  This more detailed spreadsheet gives details of the tenure split for each development (developer sale and affordable housing) along with a further split to sub-tenure of the affordable housing. Self and custom-build applications are also monitored here as is monitoring of building control policy M4.
  • Prior Notifications (XLSX, 29KB) - This spreadsheet shows all the permitted prior notification applications. Unlike planning permission and other consents, prior notification is a procedure whereby a developer must notify the planning authority of proposals before exercising permitted development rights. It is very important to keep a record of these developments as too many in one location (especially Central Milton Keynes) can result in the loss of too much office or retail space.
  • HMO Applications (XLSX, 25KB) - This spreadsheet shows the outcome of planning applications for Houses in Multiple Occupation over the monitoring year.

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Quarterly Monitoring

Housing starts and completions in Milton Keynes are monitored quarterly. A 'start' is a plot that the developer has started to build and a 'completion' is a plot that the developer has finished building (the plot may not have reached legal completion).

The Council's housing requirement for the monitoring year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 is 1,767 dwellings.  This monitoring year there have been 2005 completions (2003 net) which is 113.5% of target.

The last quarterly housing survey was undertaken at the end of March 2022.

Results for Quarter 4 of Monitoring Year 2021-2022:

430 Completions (2 demolitions) (137 Affordable)
527 starts (86 Affordable)
There are currently 3350 plots under construction.

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Further Monitoring Data

The following spreadsheets contain information that may be of interest.

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Last Updated: 9 May 2022