Today the LGA’s tame number crunchers published some stats on unimplemented planning permissions. You can see for yourself here.
It’s an important dataset, because it helps us to understand whether the planning system is delivering permissions at the rate required to support housebuilding (or not). The data focuses mostly on major schemes (10 units+) so it’s not complete. It fails to model the smaller infill schemes that form a sizeable part of the growth mix.
I like LG inform, and I like how easily I can extract the data and play with it. For me it makes sense to look at these things in proportion – you would expect busy councils to have more sites in the pipeline than quiet councils. Rather than look up growth figures I quickly and easily compared the number of dwellings underway with those yet to start. There is a really big range here.
Croydon and Bromley
Bromley have 2416 dwellings underway, and only 100 not started. That equates to a development pipeline of 4%
Croydon have 596 dwellings underway, and 2085 not start. That equates to 350%
When I see figures this disparate from neighbouring councils I start to wonder whether it’s worth spending any more time on analysis.