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Developers Told to ‘Get Building!’

Posted: 2021-05-23, in category: Extensions

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Home ExtensionsBuilding projects have really been taking off in the past few months, especially for the home. As people have been urged to stay indoors, and holidays have been a no go, building and home improvements have been high on the agenda. This is corroborated by reports from the construction industry, which claims an increase in contracts. In fact construction specialists say there hasn’t really been any slowing down for them, apart from a delay in the arrival of materials. Extensions and refurbishments are popular home additions, but there are a few issues when it comes to larger projects throughout the UK.

There is a feeling that developers need a little more incentive to complete substantial building projects once they have planning permission. The Local Government Association (LGA) want to speed up this process, by charging developers full council tax for each unbuilt development. Where contractual timescales are not met, the LGA wants councils to carry out compulsory purchases. Figures show that since 2010/11, 2,782,300 homes have been granted planning permission by councils. At the same time only 1,627,730 have been built. This equates to over 1.1 million,or 40% approved properties, not yet built.

LGA housing spokesperson, Cllr David Renard said: “Councils are committed to working with government and developers to build the housing the country needs. It is good the number of homes built each year is increasing. But by giving councils the right powers to incentivise developers to get building once planning permission has been granted, we can go further and faster.

House-builders do not agree, Andrew Whitaker, planning director at the Home Builders Federation, said: “As numerous independent reports have shown, builders do not sit on land unnecessarily. Whilst housing supply has doubled in recent years the planning process remains the biggest constraint on further increases.

“Many of the homes included in these numbers will have actually been completed or are on sites where construction work is ongoing. Others will only have an initial consent and be struggling their way through the treacle of the local authority planning departments to get to the point where builders are allowed start work.”



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