Planning and Housing

06.07.12

Housing targets could be missed by 85,000

The Government could miss its housing target by 85,000 homes, the latest forecast of housing delivery figures suggest. The third annual Housing the Nation report warns that this could mean less than 100,000 new homes built in 2012.

Local authorities have reduced their target to around 160,000 new homes per year, a reduction of 13% from the Regional Spatial Strategies (RSS) target set forEngland, the report shows.

Only 110,000 new homes were completed inEnglandduring 2011, whilst new home completions in the first quarter of 2012 are 18% lower than that of 2011. Relative to RSS figures, the North East has estimated a 1.4% increase in its targets, but all other regions show a loss. TheMidlandspredicts the largest reduction, cutting its targets by 21.5%.

The report was led by Tristan Fitzgerald Associates (TFA) and BNP Paribas Real Estate, with expert input from the British Property Federation and other property advisers.

Tim Cann, head of residential at BNP Paribas Real Estate said: “With more than 1,800,000 households on council waiting lists for new homes, the third Housing the Nation report revealed that the Government is again on track to miss its targets, by a worryingly large number.

“To put this into perspective, losing 85,000 homes is like losing a town the size ofBournemouth. As theUKcontinues to lack the new housing it requires, effective changes need to be made in order to accommodate those still waiting for affordable housing.”

Dan Angell, account director at Tristan Fitzgerald Associates, added: “Although theUKeconomy continues to struggle, the Government cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to the creation of new homes. In order to keep the housing market alive, the Government needs to introduce swift changes which will ensure that current housing targets are not only met, but that they are not further reduced.”

The report’s recommendations to Government include releasing green belt land in the constricted South East, to publicise league tables on housing targets and delivery by local authorities with penalisation for those falling below, planning application fees to be increased and to create a special ‘development projects team’ to prevent major schemes being stalled.

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@publicsectorexecutive.com

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest public sector news

DfT names new Rail Executive boss

31/07/2015DfT names new Rail Executive boss

Bernadette Kelly has been appointed as the Department for Transport’s new director general for the Rail Executive, replacing Clare Moriarty w... more >
Consultation launched on public sector payouts cap

31/07/2015Consultation launched on public sector payouts cap

The government has launched a consultation on capping redundancy pay-offs for public sector workers at a maximum of £95,000. Plans to ... more >
Neighbourhoods, not just cities, need more powers – Lord Kerslake

31/07/2015Neighbourhoods, not just cities, need more powers – Lord Kerslake

Pursuing the devolution agenda completely on a model of city-based deals could mean that local empowerment and neighbourhood-level devolution get... more >

editor's comment

01/02/2015A new start, a fresh outlook

As you will have seen, Public Sector Executive has undergone an extensive redesign to improve the look and feel of the magazine, to signpost readers to our articles more easily and to make our content as attractive and engaging as possible. We hope you enjoy the new look and continue to find something of value in these pages, with contrib... read more >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Stats, facts and evidence in the general election

Stats, facts and evidence in the general election

Is there any hope of getting more evidence into political debates running up to May? Jonathan Breckon, head of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, explores the issues. Surely inconvenient stat... more > more last word articles >
149x260 PSE Subscribe button

the raven's daily blog

Slow but sure public sector borrowing decrease

23/07/2015Slow but sure public sector borrowing decrease

Annual public sector borrowing has decreased by £6.1bn compared to the same period last year, an analysis by the Office for National Statistics has found. So far in this financial year the public sector has borrowed £25.1bn with the Office for Budget Responsibility expecting a total of £69.5bn until March 2016. In J... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

featured events

Increasing access to mental health care

08 Sep 2015 __:__

*10% off for Public Sector Executive subscribers: Book with the discounted rate*  &nb...

read more >

Multi-specialty community providers: implementing new models of care

16 Sep 2015 __:__

*10% discount for Public Sector Executive subscribers: register now* This conference organ...

read more >

Bringing together housing and public health

21 Sep 2015 __:__

*10% off for Public Sector Executive subscribers: Book with the discounted code PSE*   &nb...

read more >
view all events

events calendar

back

August 2015

forward
mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6

comment

Two cheers for the MPA!

21/07/2015Two cheers for the MPA!

By Josie Cluer, public sector lead at transformation consultancy Moorhouse The Major Projects Authority (MPA) has just published its third A... more >
The tech industry’s top four issues for the new government

19/06/2015The tech industry’s top four issues for the new government

Damien Venkatasamy, chair of techUK’s Public Services Board and general manager for CSC’s UK Public Sector business, discusses the im... more >
Transforming services through data

19/06/2015Transforming services through data

Maia Beresford, senior researcher at the New Local Government Network, explains how data is the key that can unlock the ability of councils to fu... more >
The enabling state

19/06/2015The enabling state

Jennifer Wallace, head of policy at the Carnegie UK Trust, explains more about a competition to help initiatives that give communities and indivi... more >

interviews

Strengthening the counter-fraud community

19/06/2015Strengthening the counter-fraud community

The head of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s Counter Fraud Centre, Rachael Tiffen, discusses how a new specialis... more >
Improving adult social care information to drive up standards

19/06/2015Improving adult social care information to drive up standards

Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission, discusses a new online resource designed to help providers... more >
Tackling food poverty across the country

19/06/2015Tackling food poverty across the country

Hannah Laurison, campaign coordinator at Sustainable Food Cities, discusses the aims of the ‘Beyond the Food Bank’ campaign and how l... more >
Accessibility & affordability

19/06/2015Accessibility & affordability

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s interim director general, David Young, discusses how the city is attempting to transform pu... more >

public sector focus

View all News