The results of the Housing Delivery Test (HDT) - published each year by the government - are more than just a way of monitoring the performance of local authorities in delivering new homes. They are also supposed to engage contingency measures where councils are struggling, so that supply can improve in future.
However the most recent results paint a dismal picture of performance - almost a third failed. Dig a little deeper to understand exactly why those local authorities are failing and you'll find those same fundamental failings of our planning system that are exposed over and over again.
In his latest piece for Housing Today our managing director, Paul Smith, considers the latest HDT results and explains what they tell us about housing delivery and the planning system more generally.