Housing and Planning Delivery Framework

Through the Housing and Planning Delivery Framework (HPDF), we have made it easier for the housing and planning systems to work together in Scotland to increase the speed and efficiency of the planning process.

The framework aims to:

  • increase housing supply in the long term
  • make the housing system more responsive to demand
  • improve long-term housing affordability
  • reduce the volatility of the housing market

It covers three areas:

  • Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA)
  • Local Housing Strategy
  • Scottish Planning Policy

Housing Need and Demand Assessment (HNDA)

We provide guidance for councils on how to assess housing need and demand to make sure that there is a consistent approach across Scotland.

The HNDA toolkit, as well as the latest guidance and other related information, is available at the Centre for Housing Market Analysis.

Local Housing Strategy

Under the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001, councils are required to prepare a Local Housing Strategy, supported by an assessment of housing need and demand.

The strategy document should support strategic planning and bring together important areas that fall under 'housing' and 'housing related services,' including homelessness, housing support and fuel delivery.

In August 2014, we issued Local Housing Strategy (LHS) guidance for local authorities, in agreement with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO).

The guidance reaffirms the role of local housing strategies as being at the heart of the arrangements for housing and planning.

It replaces the previous 2008 guidance and has been through a Local Housing Strategy equality impact assessment.

Items that arise and are unable to be included in the current guidance, can be found within Local Housing Strategies - Question and Answer.

Scottish Planning Policy

The Scottish Planning Policy was published in June 2014. It requires councils to identify a generous supply of land for housing through development plans, and reinforces:

  • that housing and planning professionals are expected to work together in identifying land for housing
  • the importance of the housing need and demand assessment as a shared evidence base

As far as possible, timescales for local housing strategies and development plans should be aligned and created using the same evidence base (the Housing Need and Demand Assessment).