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02/05/2017

Planning permissions for new homes continue to rise

Words: Huw Morris
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The number of homes receiving planning permission continues to rise and approached 300,000 last year, according to a report.

Latest research by consultants Glenigan and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) reveals 293,127 homes secured granted permission in 2016.

This is the highest yearly total recorded since figures compiled by Glenigan began in 2006, with plot permission numbers now exceeding the pre-crash peak by around 15 per cent.

However, the number of sites securing permission fell by 11 per cent compared with 2015, from 19,600 to 17,500. Glenigan said this indicates that permissions are being granted on larger strategic sites.

The research argued that because of the infrastructure requirements associated with larger sites, these permissions tend to take longer to start being delivered and tend to be built over a longer period.

The HBF said local authorities must be realistic about the rate at which large sites can deliver and do not expect one large site to address their housing requirements.

The average size of sites gaining permission has increased by 16 per cent in the past 18 months as local authorities focus their attention on larger sites. Glenigan said this highlights problems facing small housebuilders in finding suitable sites and progressing them through the planning system.

The report cant be found here (pdf).

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