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Housing: Construction

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 13th January 2020.

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Photo of Christopher Chope Christopher Chope Conservative, Christchurch

To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of homes in respect of which planning permission for development was granted more than 24 months previously but in which no development has begun in (a) Dorset and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

Holding answer received on 13 January 2020

The Department does not collect the requested data itself but instead purchases information from Glenigan Ltd on numbers of homes granted planning permission.

For Dorset, as at 29 November 2019, there were 1,900 units with detailed planning permission granted more than 24 months earlier where the permission has not expired on sites which had not yet been completed. Of these, 1,400 units have started on site and 500 units are on sites yet to start. Of those yet to start, 300 are now ‘progressing towards a start’ and the remaining 200 units are on sites which have been sold, are due to be sold or on sites where information is unavailable.

For England, as at 29 November 2019, there were 312,000 units with detailed planning permission granted more than 24 months earlier where the permission has not expired on sites which had not yet been completed. Of these, 234,000 units had started on site and 78,000 units were on sites yet to start. Of those yet to start, 44,000 were ‘progressing towards a start’, 7,000 were on unstarted sites that are ‘on hold' or shelved and the remaining 27,000 units are on sites which have been sold, are due to be sold or on sites where information is unavailable.

Figures are rounded to the nearest hundred and are subject to change as they are regularly updated.

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