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Half of UK’s housing specialists say local planning issues are stalling delivery of new homes

31/01/2017

The UK’s housebuilding industry is growing increasingly frustrated with the Government’s inaction over planning issues, according to the Residential Development Sentiment Survey 2017.

The survey gauged the opinions of over 330 of the UK’s leading house builders, investors, developers, landowners, professional services and public sector bodies, together with our own, to provide a definitive view of the state of the UK’s residential development market.

Key findings:
  • The majority of respondents believe that the Government isn’t doing enough to support the delivery of new housing
  • Planning is the biggest issue affecting the delivery of new housing, with availability of land and nimbyism cited as specific areas of concern
  • House prices are expected to decrease in London over the next 12 months, whereas in the South East it is anticipated that they will continue to rise. Elsewhere prices are expected to remain static.
  • PRS build to rent schemes are making an increasingly significant impact on the availability of housing stock in the UK and the growth of this investor asset class is hampered only by the current planning system
  • Most respondents believed that the Northern Powerhouse initiative was a force for good, potentially bringing access to funding, investment in transport infrastructure and devolved planning powers, though a quarter said it would have absolutely no effect  on housing delivery

Read the full findings in our report >>

Daniel Bolton, associate director and residential specialist at LSH, said: “The housing industry is working hard to deliver the homes this country so badly needs, but the level of bureaucracy and local opposition involved is stifling progress.”

Round table debate

The findings from our survey will fuel a series of round table discussions, providing a platform for debate around what can be done to solve the current housing shortage.

If you are interested in securing a place at one of our round tables, please contact Emma Radcliffe for more information.
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