Skills shortage hits house building

Data from the Local Government Association (LGA) and construction group Glenigan says 475,647 homes approved by local councils are not yet constructed, a figure 25% up on 3 years ago, with skills shortages being cited as a major problem.

Peter Box, LGA housing spokesman, said: 'These figures conclusively prove that the planning system is not a barrier to house building.  In fact the opposite is true, councils are approving almost half a million more houses than are being built and this gap is increasing'.  In response, a spokeswomen for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: 'Building is already underway on more than half of the 475,000 houses granted planning permission and we've got Britain building again with a 25% increase in the number of new homes delivered over the past year alone'.

Source: The Guardian & Financial Times

Nick Wadsworth MRICS
Residential Sales Valuer
Horncastle office
Tel: 01507 522222


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