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Dramatic fall in planning permissions for new homes in Scotland raises concern on whether housing growth can be sustained, new analysis shows

New analysis of the number of new homes securing planning permission in tandem with statistics showing a long-awaited upturn in housing delivery levels last year has raised concern on whether the housing growth seen in Scotland in 2018 can be maintained in the longer-term.

This follows publication of the latest data Insights bulletin by industry body Homes for Scotland (HFS) which shows that, whilst housing completions increased by 15 per cent in 2018, there is no corresponding upward trend in planning permissions – something which is required in order to sustain recovery and tackle the country’s housing crisis.

HFS Chief Executive Nicola Barclay said:

"Having recently increased our capabilities in terms of data analysis, this is the first time we have been able to examine these key indicators on a calendar year basis, bringing them together in an easy to read format covering both national and regional levels.

“Although figures for housing completions are encouraging, there was a dramatic 44.5 per cent drop in the number of homes receiving planning consented in the last quarter of 2018.  This must serve as a warning that we cannot be complacent if housing growth is to be sustained.

“With new provisions in the Planning Bill signalling an end of tolerance in relation to below-par housing delivery, all stakeholders should seize this opportunity to move from conflict in the planning system to collaboration to ensure all our communities have the new homes they need for a successful future.”

Homes for Scotland analysis highlights a dramatic drop-off in the number of homes receiving planning consent in the last quarter of 2018.

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