Simon Jupp MP asks pertinent questions concerning the number of housing permissions granted compared to housing starts but doesn’t get a full answer.
The answer he was given indicates that permissions are running ahead of the 300,000 new homes per year target but that the government hasn’t a clue about build-out rates. Yet the Government’s “build, build build” policy assumes that granting permissions is the bottleneck.
Moral – don’t build policies or houses on shaky foundations.
Nice one Simon!
Housing: Construction: 15 Jan 2021: Hansard Written Answers
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what his most recent estimate is of the number of housing units with planning permission; and for how many of those work (a) has started on site, (b) is due to start on site and (c) is not yet planned to start.
The latest quarterly National Statistics on planning applications* show that over the past three years 1.14 million housing units were granted planning permission. Planning permissions are typically valid for 3 years before expiry if construction has not commenced. As part of the Government’s ongoing development of the official statistics on housing and planning we are looking at ways to provide more information on the progress of sites with planning permission.
* Source: Table 5 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/945387/Planning_Application_Statistics_-_July_to_September_2020_-_Statistical_Release.pdf