The Land Promoters and Developers Federation (LPDF) and The Home Builders Federation (HBF) have jointly commissioned Lichfields to produce a report titled ‘Taking Stock: the geography of housing need, permissions and completions’.

The research explores the existing pipeline of sites for housing development compared with what might be needed to meet the Government’s ambitions for 300,000 net additional homes per annum across England.

The report challenges the 1m unused planning consents argument by highlighting that due to a variety of factors such as discharge of planning conditions, re-planning of sites to reflect demand, lapse rates (where consents are not implemented due to other factors e.g., landowners choosing not to sell) that the number of consents required is in fact approximately 1.7million.

Catesby’s Planning & Operations Director, David Morris, who is a member of the LPDF’s Technical & Policy Committee and the HBF's National Planning Committee was involved in reviewing and helping bring forward this piece of work.

Download the full report here.