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Concerns raised over drop-off in planning approvals

28 Jun Industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) has said that a dramatic fall in planning permission for new homes raises concern about whether Scottish housing growth can be sustained.

It pointed to new analysis of the number of new homes securing planning permission in Scotland taken in tandem with statistics showing an upturn in housing delivery levels last year.

The latest data insights bulletin by HFS shows that, whilst housing completions increased by 15% in 2018, there is no corresponding upward trend in planning permissions.  

HFS Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said: "Having recently increased our capabilities in terms of data analysis, this is the first time we have been able to examine these key indicators on a calendar year basis, bringing them together in an easy to read format covering both national and regional levels.

“Although figures for housing completions are encouraging, there was a dramatic 44.5 per cent drop in the number of homes receiving planning consented in the last quarter of 2018.  This must serve as a warning that we cannot be complacent if housing growth is to be sustained.

“With new provisions in the Planning Bill signalling an end of tolerance in relation to below-par housing delivery, all stakeholders should seize this opportunity to move from conflict in the planning system to collaboration to ensure all our communities have the new homes they need for a successful future.”

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