Figures show 'disparity' between permissions and building starting on site

Of the homes granted detailed planning consent across the UK in the last year, 45 per cent are not yet under construction, according to figures from analyst Barbour ABI.

Construction: permissions slow to translate into work starts
Construction: permissions slow to translate into work starts

The data shows that 238,000 homes were granted detailed planning permission between September 2013 and August 2014. Construction contracts awarded in the same period account for 129,000.

Barbour ABI lead economist Michael Dall said this indicated a significant disparity between planning permissions and builds starting on site.

"These latest figures clearly indicate that, while there are potentially enough homes in the pipeline to meet the Labour Party’s target of delivering 200,000 affordable homes a year by 2020, more needs to be done to get work underway so that the overall number of new homes being built can continue to increase."

The data also showed that the London and the South East regions combined accounted for 29 per cent of all planning permissions in the residential sector.

The North West and South West accounted for 12 per cent and 11 per cent respectively, and house building was at its lowest in the North East (5 per cent) and Wales (3 per cent).

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