East Cambs’ housing delivery test bolsters Council's armoury against speculative development



Results of Central Government’s Housing Delivery Test shows that East Cambridgeshire District Council has not only reached but surpassed the deemed ‘threshold’.

This measurement, alongside the Council’s confirmation of a five-year land supply in December 2020, provides more good news for the Council as it means that they are in a strong position to resist speculative development in the district. 

The Housing Delivery Test, which is an annual measurement made by Central Government, reviews the number of homes built in the past three years in the area of the relevant plan-making authorities, in this case, East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The threshold set for the measurement is 75 percent. East Cambridgeshire topped this and currently stands at 87 percent.

Councillor Bill Hunt, chairman of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said:

“I am delighted with this result.

“By passing this test and maintaining a healthy supply of developable lands in the right places through our Local Plan, we can continue to resist unwanted speculative development that could otherwise threaten our towns and villages.

“The officer team is one of the very best in East Anglia and the fruit of their hard work will give back more control to the District Council.”