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Latest figures show housing permissions on the rise

Published: Thursday, 5th May 2016

Housing Pipeline report identifies increase in number of private housing units approved as main driver…

Planning permission for 255,032 new homes was granted in England in 2015 – up 57 per cent from a low point of 162,204 in 2009 according to the latest Housing Pipeline report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and industry data collector Glenigan

The 74,759 permissions granted in the final quarter of 2015 were up 13 per cent on the same quarter in 2014 as developers submitted more applications to ensure they can continue to deliver further increases in supply.

Permissions have risen steadily every year since 2009, with housing supply also on the up over the past two years as more of the permissions are progressed to the point that infrastructure work can start.

Over 180,000 new homes were added to the housing stock in 2014/15 – up 22 per cent on the previous year.

However the report noted that many of the permissions counted in the report still have many hurdles to cross as they navigate the planning system and discharge planning conditions.

The HBF has urged the Government to streamline the planning process and ensure local authorities have the capacity to deal with the volume of applications now being processed so builders can get on to more sites more quickly.

Download the full report (PDF)

Roger Milne