Gap between number of homes permitted and completed 'at widest ever'

Reports on the gap between the number of homes granted planning permission and the number actually built feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Both the Guardian and the Sun report that the gap between the number of homes granted consent and the number actually built - at 130,000 - is the widest since records began in 2006. Both refer to figures produced by construction analysts Glenigan, using data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which shows that 313,700 homes were granted planning permission in 2016-17, but only 183,570 were built. The figures are the widest since 2006-7 when reporting began, the newspapers say. According to the Guardian, the widening gap has "led to calls for tough new penalties to be enforced against developers that sit on land rather than build". The research was highlighted to both newspapers by shadow housing secretary, John Healey, who told the Guardian that "the government needed radical new powers to end land banking".  According to the Sun, the North West has the lowest proportion of completed consents, "where just 44 per cent of permissions for houses ended up getting built last year". The gap between permission and completions, using the same Glenigan data, was also highlighted in a Planning analysis back in May

The BBC reports on new research which claims that too many young couples moving to new developments are "trapped in car dependency". The study by green group Transport for New Homes  says that planners have "allowed edge-of-town housing estates where car travel is the only option". Researchers "visited more than 20 new housing developments across England", according to the BBC,  where they "found that the scramble to build new homes is producing houses next to bypasses and link roads which are too far out of town to walk or cycle, and which lack good local buses". Their report "praises Poundbury in Dorset" for being "designed around people rather than the car" with its "high-density urban pattern".  The research has been backed by motoring group the RAC Foundation, it adds.

The Times covers a report on flood risk by the independent government advisor, the Committee on Climate Change. It says that "thousands of coastal homes will have to be sacrificed because it is too expensive to protect them from rising sea levels and erosion". It adds that climate change will "almost certainly" cause sea levels to rise by at least a metre, which could happen by 2100, which is "within the lifetimes of today’s children", according to the report on risks to the English coast. The number of homes threatened by coastal erosion could rise from 5,000 to 32,000 by 2050 and 82,000 by the end of the century, it adds. 

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