Developers, not planners, holding up supply of new homes
Research by the Local Government Association in December 2020 revealed that more than a million potential homes on land earmarked for development by councils are still waiting for developers to submit plans.
More than a third of the 2.7 million homes allocated in current local plans in England have not even been submitted into the planning system. This is equivalent to more than four years of required national housing supply.
The East of England and West Midlands account for 15% each of the one million allocated dwellings currently without permission, at 150,900 and 146,900 respectively.
"The recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will need stability and certainty in planning. This can only be achieved through a locally-led planning system where communities have a proper say over developments in their local area."
David Renard (Con), the LGA's housing spokesperson
In August the government announced proposals for wide-ranging reforms to England's planning system in the Planning for the Future white paper, including proposals to make obtaining planning permission easier for developers by designating areas as either growth, renewal or protection zones.
Recently, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick issued proposals to give local communities the powers to make sure that new developments in their area are 'beautiful and well-designed'.