New Homes Planning Approvals Rise

New Homes Planning Approvals Rise in the South West

New homes planning approvals have risen by 22% in the South West in the last year, according to a Home Builders Federation report out this week.

Planning Authorities in the South West granted a total of 4519 applications in the second quarter of this, up slightly from 4405 in the first quarter.

This is a 22.7% increase on the second quarter of 2012, when 3682 new homes were granted planning approval.

Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman of the Home Builders Federation, said: “The overall trend in residential permissions is very positive. It reflects house builders’ increasing confidence in the market and also the positive principles of the new planning system.”

However, The Home Builders Federation has raised concerns on behalf of its members about their reports of increased pre-commencement conditions attached to planning approvals delaying the building progress.

Architects are well placed to be able to act quickly and effectively to manage planning conditions and in some cases able to mitigate the need for them to be applied.

Our team of Architects have good knowledge of Cornwall Planning and Devon Planning Authorities and work positively with them to negotiate through the various conditions that can be applied to planning consents.  As Cornwall Architects, we have observed a small local rise in queries about applying pre-commencement conditions.

We are happy to advise home owners and developers considering their home building projects and are encouraged by the rise in new homes planning approvals in the South West where housing is in high demand.

For more information about building a home in Cornwall or Devon, please contact our Architects for advice.


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