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News analysis: Eight councils face presumption in favour of sustainable development

Words: Laura Edgar

The government has published the 2019 results of the Housing Delivery Test, which shows that eight local authorities failed to deliver more than 45 per cent of their housing target.

These local authorities now face a presumption in favour of sustainable development (see table 1). The 2018 results, the first year of the test, did not see any council facing this situation.The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) 2018 revision explained that local authorities must deliver 95 per cent of assessed need to pass the Housing Delivery Test.Local authorities that deliver........
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