09 Jun 2021
Planning permissions must rise by 40% if the government is to meet its target of building 300,000 homes by the mid-2020s, a report has said.
Research produced by planning consultancy Lichfields and commissioned by the Land Promoters and Developers Federation (LPDF) and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) hit back at claims that developers are slow to complete schemes after receiving permission, also known as land banking.
The LPDF and HBF slammed previous research by the Local Government Association (LGA) which showed there are currently 1.1 million homes with planning permission waiting to be built in England.
The groups which commissioned the research argued that permissions are often granted on sites that will not be built out for one or two years while they await infrastructure funding, which can only be received once permissions are granted.
The report said to reach the 300,000-home target, “the number of homes with planning permission will need to exceed the size of the pipeline, because some permissions will be delayed, replanned or lapse, and some will deliver homes beyond a five-year horizon”.
Paul Brocklehurst, chair of the LPDF, said: “This research highlights what we in the industry have realised for some time now, which is that the level of planning consents is not sufficient, especially in certain areas of England, to meet the demand for new homes.”
Het said the LGA’s analysis was “overly simplistic and ignorant” of the practicalities of the process of implementing planning consents.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “This government is clear that new homes should be built out as soon as possible once planning permission is granted.
“Where sites are experiencing delays, it is for councils and developers to work closely together to overcome these barriers. We will be exploring further options to support faster build out as part of our proposed planning reforms.”
We suppose it’s too much to hope that planning permission could be outsourced to someone, anyone, who doesn’t believe with every cell in their body, as the local authorities planners appear to, that it’s their job to stop all building and enforce/prosecute everybody whilst destroying the innate character of the country with their “must be in keeping’ little boxes that flies totally in the face of the historic higgledy piggledy that gave this country its character. All unelected officials of course.
Just a thought….
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