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CPRE welcomes draft plan to increase build-out rates

CPRE welcomes draft plan to increase build-out rates

CPRE welcomes the draft analysis of Sir Oliver Letwin’s independent review of build-out rates, which has been published today (25 June).

The draft analysis, which looks to identify reasons for the increasing gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated to housebuilders or given planning permission, shows that developers are slowing the system down. By limiting the number of new built homes that are released for sale at any one time, they are manipulating the system to maximise their profits.

CPRE identified this as an issue in its own analysis of build-out rates for its submission to the consultation for the review. The campaigners found that between 2006 and 2016, despite housebuilders increasing the amount of land with planning permission that they own by 20%, the number of homes built during the same time period and built by these companies fell by 13%.

Paul Miner, Head of Strategic Plans and Devolution at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said:

‘We saw a couple of measures within the draft NPPF that would force housebuilders to increase build out rates. But they do not go far enough. This draft analysis from Sir Oliver Letwin is extremely encouraging as it should lead to stronger powers for local authorities to compel builders to build-out sites with planning permission.

‘We need strong “use it or lose it” measures for large housebuilding schemes, with exemptions that incentivise a role for councils and small or medium-sized builders, and for building affordable housing first.’

CPRE look forward to Sir Oliver Letwin’s final recommendations on improving build-out rates, which are set to be published this autumn.

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