Q2 Housebuilding Levels down 9% Year on Year – Revocation of RSS and New Homes Bonus Working out then?

New statistics just Published

  • Seasonally adjusted house building starts stood at 23,400 in the June quarter 2011. This is nine per cent lower than in the March quarter 2011.
  • Housing completions in England (seasonally adjusted) also decreased this quarter, down four per cent from 29,020 in March quarter 2011 to 27,750 in the June quarter 2011. This compares to a 23 per cent rise between the December 2010 and the March 2011 quarters.
  • Annual housing starts reached 98,300 in the 12 months to June 2011, down by two per cent compared with the 12 months to June 2010. Annual housing completions in England totalled 107,220 in the 12 months to June 2011, down by four per cent compared with the 12 months to June 2010.
  • There has been a dramric downturn in London, down by 31.5%. The SE is flatlining. Sw and WM slightly up

    Why are South West Residents most Opposed to new Housebuilding? #NPPF

    The CIH published one of their regular YouGov Surveys yesterday alongside their letter of support for the NPPF

    YouGov survey. 2011 study: All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,086 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 25th – 27th May 2011. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).
    Respondents were asked if they agreed with the statement: I am opposed to new house building in my area. 11% of respondents overall agreed, while 21% of people living in the South West agreed with the statement.

    The question is ambiguous, more housing than current plan, current build rates or any more houses at all? If no more houses at all then its a pretty extreme statement.

    But the high level of opposition is striking. Previous County by County surveys have shown that Cornwall has been the most pre-development county, but even there with the recent County County decision to build less than need sentiment may be shifting.

    What are the reasons for this? The South West has less Green Belt than any other region, the lowest population densities, the least urbanised, the most space to build. Therin lies the issue. Beautiful yes, the proportion of AONB and National Parks above the national average, yes, but no more so parts of the North of England that are much less anti-development.

    But being the most rural region people move there and get second homes, pushing house prices up, and those having moved or bought second homes what to preserve that value. As by definition you build extra houses to keep house prices down. Is the South West now the new spiritual home of the Nimby?

    Hmm I shouldn’t have put that Photoshop in my Portfolio

    Alex King is an outstanding designer with a great philosophy, architect as social entrepreneur, seeking out problem sites and designing commercial developments that also fix a local problem.

    But like all of us we must regret sometimes placing some images on our websites and in our portfolios.

    Did like me you grew up with those Britains Sheep?

    Enterprise Zone for Cheshire but not Cumbria or Lancashire – is Government serious about Regeneration?

    Insider North West

    Ministers yesterday (17 August) confirmed that only one enterprise zone bid from the North West had been successful – at Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus in Cheshire.
    The decision meant that the bid to create a zone around BAE Systems’ sites at Samlesbury and Warton, submitted by the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), and Cumbria LEPs’ submission for a ‘low carbon’ zone at Barrow Waterfront in Furness and Lillyhall in west Cumbria, had been unsuccessful.
    Edwin Booth, the chairman of the Lancashire LEP, admitted the failure was a disappointment, but said the county had received “some very positive feedback” from government about the quality of the bid.

    Link via @plannerman

    The Origin of the ‘Presumption in Favour of Development’ – 1923 #NPPF

    Davis Brock at the Plan-It Law blog stated that the presumption dated from 1923. I asked him for a source. Thanking him for his reply

    Michael Harrison Q.C. who later became Mr Justice Harrison is my source. He wrote in the JPL in 1992 that there was a 1923 Government Circular stating that “the presumption should always be in favour of the person seeking consent to interim development, and obstacles should not be placed in the way of such development, except in the case where it is clearly detrimental to local interests and needs“.

    I referred to that in my JPL article in the January 2011 issue. There has been a consistent line of circulars since 1923.

    Martin Goodhall has also referred in the past to its common law origins.

    From the context it must have been a circular on the Chamberlain Housing Act of 1923 which introduced Interim Development Orders.

    The difference of course between then and now is that ‘local interests and needs’ apply apply against the presumption where you have an up to date plan. Of course we have sustainable thrown into the mix, but only on one side of the equation as a device for saying yes but not as a device for saying no. There is no policy in para. 14 of the NPPF to say no to unsustainable development.

    Benz Burning hits Berlin in Copycat Arson

    Arsonists have set fire to 26 cars in two days according to Bloomberg.  Mainly Daimler, BMW and Audis.

    “The arsonists want to hit what they say are ‘Fat Cats,’” Berlin police spokesman Michael Gassen said. A special unit is investigating the fires as political crimes after the police received letters claiming responsibility that derided globalization, gentrification and rising rents, he said….

    A key factor for the unrest is that about 40 percent of German youths are either without a high school degree or a paying job, according to Johannes Becker, head of the Center for Conflict Studies at the University of Marburg.

    “In Britain you have the phenomenon that people are predisposed to jumping on the bandwagon,” Becker said. “They see that something is up and want to be part of it, to add some fuel to the fire, as it were. With these cars in Berlin, they are in contrast consciously trying to send a message.”

    The attacks in the past happened mainly in eastern Berlin districts where more affluent tenants had pushed out squatters who arrived there after reunification in 1990. It’s a “new trend” that arsonists have now moved west, targeting areas such as Westend and its upscale neighbor Charlottenburg, said Michael Maass, a Berlin police spokesman.