Permission for new homes in England at highest level since 2008

The latest figures announced by Housing Pipeline show that planning permission for new homes in England is up 19% year on year.

In total, during the opening quarter of 2015, councils granted planning permission for 52,167 new homes in England. The moving annual total has reached just over 200,000, and is the first occurrence of this since 2008.

The House Building Federation (HBF) and Glenigan produce the quarterly report, which covers permissions granted for developments of 10 or more units. In most cases, the projects included in the report are still to go through the rest of the planning process. Stewart Baseley, the HBF’s Executive Chairman, commented on this fact in a press release issued by the organisation:

“One of the biggest constraints on the industry’s ability to meet the new level of demand and deliver further sustained increases in build rates is the planning process. How quickly we get more sites to the point where we can actually start to lay bricks will be a major influence on future house building levels.”

The fact that more planning permissions have been granted should translate into more work for architects on the Wirral, and in other parts of England. There is already strong demand for the services of architects across the UK. The latest RIBA future trends survey showed just how busy they were. Only 9% of architects have been under-employed during the past three months, and 98% were planning to keep staffing levels the same or recruit more during the next few months.

Posted by Adam Lloyd
August 24, 2015

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