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The impact on housing supply in England of planning delay and uncertainty

Ball, M., (2011) The impact on housing supply in England of planning delay and uncertainty. Working Papers in Real Estate & Planning. 19/11. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp23.

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The time taken to consider development proposals within the English planning system continues to provoke great policy concern despite a decade of inquiry and policy change. The results of an extensive site-based survey and hedonic modelling exercise across 45 local authorities are reported here. The analysis reveals a slow, uncertain system. It identifies planning delay as a serious problem for housing supply and its ability to respond to increases in demand. Only a relatively limited set of factors seem relevant in explaining differences in times and the results suggest that 80% of councils’ performances are statistically indistinguishable from each other. These findings question the policy emphasis put on rankings of local authorities, though some influence from local politics is apparent. Development control is consistently a lengthy and uncertain process due to its complexity. Therefore, success in lowering planning delay is only likely through radical simplification.

Item Type:Report (Working Paper)
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:26949
Publisher:University of Reading
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