by Ed Dade
Posted on Jan. 15, 2019
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has today published its latest data on house building in the United Kingdom.
The graph shows the number of dwellings completed by financial year in England. Data is also available for the other home nations. However, Neighbourhood Planning is a feature of the English planning system only.
In 2017/18, there were more than 160,500 new homes constructed. - the highest rate of development since the financial crisis of 2007-08. As illustrated in the graph, the data shows a steady increase in number of homes built each year since the low-point of 2012-13, where less than 108,000 homes were built.
The rate of development in 2017/18 is comparable to the period 2004 - 2006. Assuming this trend of increasing development rates continues into the current financial year, the number of homes constructed in 2018/19 could potentially surpass the number constructed in 2007-08 (the highest this century).
Whilst many commentators will likely highlight the house-building rates fall well below those needed, and far short of government policy, at least the trend appears to be heading in the right direction.
So what does this mean for neighbourhood planning? As the rate of development increases, there will be a greater demand for development sites, likely providing both opportunities and challenges for neighbourhood planners. Your Neighbourhood Plan can play an important role in enabling new homes to be built, by providing clear policies about where new development should be located and what it should be like.