Social housing approvals down 41%
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development
Social housing approvals remain low
The number of new social housing property approvals has dropped by 41%, a new report reveals.
There were 3,200 approvals in this year's second quarter - unchanged on the same period last year - but 41% down on 2012's first quarter.
The data, compiled by Glenigan for the Home Builders Federation (HBF), shows that planning permissions across the board have slumped to a three year low.
There were fewer than 25,000 approvals in the second quarter, well under half the 60,000 needed per quarter to meet housing requirements.
The number of permissions granted in quarter two of 2012 - the first quarter since the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) came into force in March - was the lowest number of housing permissions granted in England since 2009, and well under half the level (55,466) granted in the same quarter in 2007.
Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of the HBF, said: “Under the new planning system Local Authorities have much more power over what is built in their area. But with that power comes a responsibility to provide the housing their communities need. Government needs to ensure that councils are meeting this responsibility.
“Ministers have in the past year unveiled some very positive measures aimed at boosting housing supply, particularly the NewBuy scheme, but they cannot succeed unless we have a truly pro-growth planning system.
“The new system must provide enough viable land to build the number of homes the country needs. Continuing the current record low level of house-building is storing up huge social and economic problems for the years ahead and the shortfall must be addressed.
“Building the homes we need would take millions off social housing waiting lists and enable beleaguered first time buyers to get a foot on the ladder. It could also create half a million new jobs, and give the country a massive and much-needed economic boost.”
Allan Wilén, Glenigan’s Economics Director, commented: “The drop in residential planning approvals during the second quarter of 2012, after what had been a positive start to the year, is disappointing. In particular the slowing in private housing approvals indicates that housing market conditions remain fragile. Whilst the number of private housing residential units approved during the first six months of 2012 was 5% up on a year ago, the level of approvals continues to run at around half the level seen in 2006 and 2007.”