Increase in planning permission granted for new homes in 2016

Increase in planning permission granted for new homes in 2016

Planning permission for more than 16,000 new homes was granted in 2016, an increase of 26% on the previous year.

However it is still far off the peak of the almost 27,000 houses that were given planning permission in 2009, and a distance from the government's target of 25,000 new homes a year.

There was an almost 40% increase in the number of apartments given planning permission last year, to around 3,900.

12,500 houses were granted permission, a large increase from the low of just over 5,000 in 2012.

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