With Liz Truss confirmed as the U.K.'s new Prime Minister, all eyes will be on how the new Premier will deal with issues like the cost of living, the energy crisis and the war in Ukraine. However, the transition also provides an opportunity to reflect on the Boris Johnson era.
One of the outgoing P.M.'s big manifesto pledges - in a bid to tackle the U.K.'s housing crisis - was the delivery of 300,000 new houses per year. Whilst housebuilding hit a 33-year high in 2019, with 255,000 homes delivered, the total dropped to 243,000 homes last year, and is expected to drop again in 2022.
To what extent did planning permissions contribute to the shortfall? As Boris bows out, SearchLand data reveals which councils, counties and regions got behind his housing delivery push and which didn't.
ELECTORAL WARD PERMISSIONS
Hugh Gibbs, Co-Founder of SearchLand comments:
"It's fascinating looking at the role local decision-makers play when it comes to meeting housing delivery targets. Fundamentally, the pipeline begins with the approvals process, meaning if councils are slow or unnecessarily strict, central government will always struggle to reach its delivery goals.
"We believe technology has a huge part to play in speeding housing delivery. If developers can access relevant opportunities more quickly, as well as understand the likelihood of a planning application being approved or rejected, they can truly support government-led housing initiatives. That level of insight, combined with speed of access to opportunities, can only be achieved through technology."