Private Housing Planning Approvals – On The Up

Mark Alcock

6th June, 2012.

Private Housing Planning Approvals – On The Up

By Mark Alcock, Town Planner.

 

The HBF’s latest ‘Housing Pipeline’ figures showed planning approvals in Q1 of 2012 were up 33% on the previous quarter and at 36,671 new homes approved, this was also up 18% on the corresponding first quarter of 2011.

The HBF’s latest ‘Housing Pipeline’ figures showed planning approvals in Q1 of 2012 were up 33% on the previous quarter and at 36,671 new homes approved  this was also up 18% on the corresponding first quarter of 2011.

 

At Harris Lamb this evidence demonstrates what we have been seeing recently as we have successfully obtained planning applications for some large scale residential developments in Leicester, Birmingham and the Black Country.  The number of successful approvals we have obtained in the last 6 weeks is over 800 units.

The negative from the published figures though was that social housing planning approvals fell by 28%, from 5,983 in Q1 2011 to 4,313.  This demonstrates the growth is being pushed up by private sector approvals.  It is also an approval rate far less than what many say is the true level of new consents needed which is at the rate of 60,000 per quarter.

The Home Builders Federation say ‘solving the country’s housing crisis will deliver major social and economic benefits’.

I think we have seen part of the problem with the social housing sector ourselves with far fewer RSL’s active in the market.  Whilst isolated social housing providers are pro-active it seems more shared resource and joint RSL schemes are needed.   Where RSL’s have issues of flexibility, funding or confidence it is clear they need help from somewhere.

Whether it is finding sites; or providing development frameworks for new schemes or running planning applications, Harris Lamb can assist clients.


For advice on all aspects of planning and development, contact one of the Harris Lamb Planning Team on 0121 4559455.

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