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  • 17 May
    House Construction 790X296

    Why aren't we building more homes?

    The New Housing Pipeline Report prepared by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Glenigan in April 2016 shows some encouraging trends - the number of residential homes approved during the final quarter of 2015 was 20% up on both the third quarter and a year ago.  This brought the overall number of new homes granted planning permission in 2015 to 281,000, representing a 5% rise on the previous year.

    While this is positive news, it is clear that we are still falling short of the annual requirement of 220 – 250,000 new homes being delivered on the ground.  In 2015 the total number of new homes registered was just 156,000.  While we can’t make a direct comparison between the number of homes granted planning permission and those delivered in any single year, as consents tend to take longer than a year to implement, we do need to understand why we are still failing to build enough homes in the UK.

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