New figures show number of planning permissions for homes rose year on year

New figures published yesterday (8 March 2016) show that the number of planning permissions for homes rose 6 per cent on a year earlier, as housing measures continue to turn the market around and build more homes for hard working families and first time buyers.

The number of major applications being processed swiftly by local authorities is also at an all-time high with a record 81 per cent decided within the required time.

It means the number of planning permissions granted for homes in 2015 was the highest since 2007.
According to analysis of Glenigan data, permission was granted for 253,000 homes during 2015.

Government figures show that as well as rising numbers of planning permissions for homes, the number of permissions granted overall between October and December 2015 was 4 per cent greater than a year earlier, with councils granting 92,000 decisions.

Planning Minister Brandon Lewis said:

“We’ve brought the housing market back from the brink with more than 700,000 new homes delivered since 2010 and a further one million granted planning permission.

“Today’s figures are further good news for hard-working families and first time buyers wanting to achieve their dream of home ownership with constructions rates up and plenty of homes in the pipeline.”

The reformed planning system and National Planning Policy Framework cut more than 1,000 pages of guidance to around just 50, simplifying the process for obtaining planning permission whilst maintaining safeguards for the countryside.

The government is currently moving ahead with its landmark Housing and Planning Bill, which will help deliver on its ambition to build a million more homes.

Figures released recently as part of the English Housing Survey showed that more than a decade-long decline, starting in 2003, in the number of people owning their home has been turned around with more than 14 million owner occupiers in the country last year.