Monitoring the Local Plan
Five Year Housing Land Supply (5YHLS)
The Council's trajectory in its recently adopted Local Plan indicates a 5 year housing land supply of 5.93 years.
Further information on the Council's 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 2018 measurement (covering the years 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18) were published for the first time on 19 February 2019. They reflect an HDT measurement for Guildford of 75% 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. View the PlanningPolicy@guildford.gov.uk. These will be considered as part of its update 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.