Huge rise in planning permission approvals
Figures from the Home Builders Association show that approvals for 33,881 homes across England were granted between July and September, a rise of 36% on the previous three months and 17% on the same period last year (29,059). It is still well short of the 64,500 that were being granted on average during 2006/07.
Planning permissions granted now will mostly be built over the next three to four years. Around 110,000 homes a year in England are currently being built.
Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of the HBF, said: “The increase is good news and hopefully a reflection of the positive planning principles of the new system. It is just one quarterly increase and we are still well short of the number needed but we hope it starts a trend that will continue in 2013.
“The new system gives much more power to Local Authorities to take control over what is being built in their areas. This is necessarily underpinned by a robust appeals process where local authorities are not meeting the responsibilities they have to their communities. While we are hopefully seeing a turning point in planning permissions much more can be done – the policy announcements within The Growth and Infrastructure Bill coupled with measures to kickstart stalled sites and a real and concerted effort to reduce red tape are vital to continuing this important progress.planning permission
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