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A bleak picture pained of planning resources following new poll

by Paul Addison on January 11, 2017 No comments

Evidence following from joint research, found that some 90% of local authorities believe the government’s housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources.

The joint report, from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), was the first of its kind to gather information from the experience of both local authorities and SME house builders from across the UK.

Additional information discovered from the report was:

  • 64% of builders and 45% of local authorities see lack of planning resources as a barrier to developing more small sites.
  • More than half of councils deliver fewer than 40% of homes on small sites.
  • Both builders and local authorities want councils to be allowed to raise planning application fees.

This information was obtained through surveys from:

  • 91 local authority,
  • Elected members,
  • 108 SME house builders,
  • Roundtable discussions involving both above mentioned groups,
  • A series of interviews with planning officers.

The Chief Executive of the FMB, Brian Berry, had the following to say:

 “In this research, both local authorities and SME builders identify under-resourcing as a key barrier to allocating more small sites and getting planning permissions in place on them. Most small local developers are so concerned by the level of service provided by resource-stripped planning departments; they would be happy to foot the bill, provided the raised fees are ring-fenced and result in an improved service.”

Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGiU, said:

“There is a large untapped potential in small sites, but resource and capacity pressures in planning departments make it difficult to unlock.”

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