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Shovel ready? An empirical investigation of stalled residential sites.

McAllister, P., Street, E. and Wyatt, P., (2013) Shovel ready? An empirical investigation of stalled residential sites. Working Papers in Real Estate & Planning. 11/13. Working Paper. University of Reading, Reading. pp27.

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Drawing upon a national database of unimplemented planning permissions and 18 in-depth case studies, this paper provides both a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the phenomenon of stalled sites in England. The practical and conceptual difficulties of classifying sites as stalled are critically reviewed. From the literature, it is suggested that planning permission may not be implemented due to lack of financial viability, strategic behaviour by landowners and house-builders and other problems associated with the development process. Consistent with poor viability, the analysis of the national database indicates that a substantial proportion of the stalled sites is high density apartment development and/or is located in low house value areas. The case studies suggest that a combination of interlinked issues may need to be resolved before a planning permission can be implemented. These include; the sale of the land to house-builders, re-negotiation of the planning permission and, most importantly, improvement in housing market conditions.

Item Type:Report (Working Paper)
Divisions:Henley Business School > Real Estate and Planning
ID Code:35153
Uncontrolled Keywords:Stalled sites, development, viability, planning
Publisher:University of Reading
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