Housing the figures

York Press: Housing the figures Housing the figures

AS SOMEONE interested in York’s house-building statistics, I am annoyed and frustrated with the irregular publication of annual reports by the council.

Normally the council issues housing completions and planning figures nine months after the year end; but, in the past three years, this has been inconsistent.

The planning permissions for 2011/12 were delayed until 18 months after the year end, and were announced at the same time as 2012/13 in September 2013.

The reason for this was clearly to defer bad news until there was some better news to counteract it. Net planning consents for housing for 2011/12 were a record low of 174, while for 2012/13 these showed an improvement to 337.

The council has now released the planning consents for the current 2013/14 year before it has ended. The Press reported on March 21 that for the first three-quarters of the year, permission for 1,200 homes has been given.

Yet more eagerness from the council to issue good news as soon as possible. As far as the council’s housing statistics are concerned – no news is not good news.

Paul S Cordock, Durlston Drive, Strensall, York.

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1:46pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Badgers Drift says...

The Press story reporting the Council's planning figures was 21 February, not 21 March.

Note that they aren't reporting how many dwellings are being built (completions), which means that these figures expose a weakness in their housing/planning policies.

Apparently 464 of the 1,200 consents were for student accommodation and office conversions neither which have to provide any affordable (social) housing.

The truth is, the council's housing policies will fail, and their target of an average 1,090 new dwellings per year for the next 15 years, will not be achieved. They do not understand how the structure of the private housebuilding industry no longer has the capacity, ability or appetite for the growth necessary to meet blinkered politicians aspirations.
The Press story reporting the Council's planning figures was 21 February, not 21 March. Note that they aren't reporting how many dwellings are being built (completions), which means that these figures expose a weakness in their housing/planning policies. Apparently 464 of the 1,200 consents were for student accommodation and office conversions neither which have to provide any affordable (social) housing. The truth is, the council's housing policies will fail, and their target of an average 1,090 new dwellings per year for the next 15 years, will not be achieved. They do not understand how the structure of the private housebuilding industry no longer has the capacity, ability or appetite for the growth necessary to meet blinkered politicians aspirations. Badgers Drift
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