11,000 planned homes unbuilt
NEARLY 11,000 homes across Wales are still waiting to be built after being given planning permission, according to new research published by the Local Government Association (LGA).
Nationally, more than 423,000 homes remain unbuilt in a backlog which has grown by almost 16% in the past year, says the study carried out by industry body Glenigan. In 2015/16, the total number of unimplemented planning permissions in Wales and England was estimated at 365,146, rising to 423,544 in 2016/17.
The LGA said the findings suggest developers are taking longer to build new homes. It now takes 40 months, on average, from schemes receiving planning permission to building work being completed, the LGA said.
The LGA, which represents 370 councils in Wales and England, said councils are approving nine in every 10 planning applications.
It said councils need powers to act on uncompleted schemes, including making it easier to compulsorily purchase land where homes remain unbuilt.