400,000 unbuilt homes with planning permission in England
Councils are to warn of a ‘bumper backlog’ after research published today revealed there are 400,000 unbuilt homes with planning permission in England.
The study, commissioned by the Local Government Association, revealed the backlog in homes with planning permission yet to built has been reduced by just 6,000 in the past year.
It shows 6,500 schemes with planning permission were yet to be completed by 31 March, consisting of 381,390 homes.
Building work is yet to begin on 61 per cent of the schemes, with the average completion time sitting at 27 months.
The LGA, which represents more than 350 councils in England, is calling for the government to lift a cap on borrowing to build new homes, which they claim would allow councils to deliver 60,000 new homes over the next five years.
Mike Jones, chair of the LGA’s environment and housing board, said: ‘The bumper backlog of unbuilt homes is a worrying sign that the housing market is not yet on the road to long-term recovery.
‘New homes are badly-needed and councils want to get on with building them. The common sense answer is for the Treasury to remove its house building block and let us get on with it.’
John Slaughter, director of external affairs at the Home Builders Federation said: ‘While we are sympathetic to the LGA’s call for help with investment the fact that there are only 400,000 units with planning permission – of which around 60 per cent are on sites already under construction – is actually acutely concerning.
‘To tackle the nation’s housing crisis we need to be building 250,000 homes a year and therefore have a pipeline of more than a million units as a five-year land supply.’