Home Builders Federation report shows record lows for planning approvals

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Planning permission figures have once again fallen to record lows (Image credit: Getty Images)

The latest Housing Pipeline Report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) shows planning permissions have fallen to record lows this year, falling below the record lows seen last year.

The report shows that in the 12 months to March 2024, the number of new homes given planning permission has fallen to the lowest level since the data collection started in 2006.

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Stewart Baseley

Stewart Baseley has been on the HBF board since 2002 and has served as its Executive Chairman since 2006. Under his leadership, following a comprehensive strategic review of the organization, HBF has become a highly respected and influential representative body. This has enabled HBF to secure various government stimulus measures for the industry, most notably Help to Buy, and ensure that policy decisions related to planning, regulation, and sustainability address the concerns of house builders.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.