11,000 planned homes un­built

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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.

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