NPPF boosts housing figures
HBF data shows planning approvals up since introduction of new policy
The Home Builders Federation has reported a 36% increase in the number of homes that received planning permission in the third quarter of 2012, compared to the previous three months.
The Housing Pipeline report showed approvals for 33,881 homes across England over the three months to September compared to 24,872 in the previous quarter.
It also shows an increase on the number of homes approved in the three months last year, with records showing a total of 29,059.
Simon Allford, director at AHMM, said: “Without a doubt we’ve noticed a huge increase in the private and RSL sector. The combination of private housing, intermediate and RSL is all working. It’s undoubtedly it’s picked up but almost all of it is in London.”
But a HBF spokesman warned that “quarterly figures tend to ebb and flow”. “We need to see three or four [quarters] before we get consistency,” he said. “There is more optimism about at the moment but it’s still too early to say whether this is the start of an upward trend.”
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF, added: “The increase is good news and hopefully a reflection of the positive planning principles of the new system. It is just one quarterly increase and we are still well short of the number needed but we hope it starts a trend that will continue in 2013.
“While we are hopefully seeing a turning point in planning permissions much more can be done - the policy announcements within The Growth and Infrastructure Bill coupled with measures to kickstart stalled sites and a real and concerted effort to reduce red tape are vital to continuing this important progress.”