Monitoring the Local Plan
Five Year Housing Land Supply (5YHLS)
We are required to identify and update annually a supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide a minimum of five years' worth of housing against the housing requirement set out in the adopted Local Plan: strategy and sites (2019). We have updated our(1 April 2020 - 31 March 2025).
Further information on our Housing Land Supply can be found in the Land Availability Assessment (LAA).
The role of monitoring
Local planning authorities must publish information at least annually that shows progress with local plan preparation, reports any activity relating to the duty to cooperate, any information collected which relates to indicators in the plan, and any policies that are not being implemented.
The monitoring of Local Plan policies and delivery can help inform any future review of the Local Plan, which should be undertaken at least every 5 years from the adoption date.
Housing Delivery Test (HDT)
The HDT is an annual measurement of housing delivery in the area of relevant plan-making authorities. In high-level terms, the HDT compares the net homes delivered over three years to the homes that should have built over the same period (their housing requirement).
The HDT results for the 2019 measurement (covering the years 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19) were published on 13 February 2020. They reflect an HDT measurement for Guildford of 83% of its housing requirement over the previous three years.
The National Planning Policy Framework indicates (paragraph 75) that in cases where delivery has fallen below 95% of the local planning authority's housing requirement during this period, it should prepare an action plan to assess the causes of under-delivery and identify actions to increase delivery in future years. GBC reviewed its 2019 action plan and produced an update for 2020 which was tabled at Planning Committee for information on 29 July 2020.
View the PlanningPolicy@guildford.gov.uk. These will be considered as part of its review next year.. Please send any comments to
Annual Monitoring Reports (AMR)
The AMR is prepared in accordance with the requirements of legislation (the Localism Act 2011, the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) England Regulations 2012 and the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004). The AMR includes reporting on specific topics and progress against targets. It includes:
- progress of Local Plan preparation
- activity relating to the duty to co-operate
- implementation of policies in the Local Plan
- implementation of neighbourhood plans.