The Local Government Association (LGA) recently reported that there are 475,000 homes across the UK with planning permission that are yet to start on site, of which 56,891 are in the North West.
The LGA study was carried out by Glenigan and discovered that the number of unimplemented units – that is, given permission by local planners but not built on by the developers – across the region has increased over the past four years, from 36,523 homes in the 2011/12 financial year to 56,891 in 2014/15.
Planning is often cited by developers as the primary obstacle to building more new homes. The LGA data suggests this is not so and increases pressure on the industry to accelerate the rate of construction of new build homes to meet the country’s shortfall.
Cllr Peter Box, LGA housing spokesman, said: “These figures conclusively prove that the planning system is not a barrier to house building. In fact the opposite is true, councils are approving almost half a million more houses than are being built, and this gap is increasing.
“While private developers have a key role in solving our chronic housing shortage, they cannot build the 230,000 needed each year on their own. To tackle the new homes backlog and to get Britain building again, councils must have the power to invest in building new homes and to force developers to build homes more quickly.”
Take a look at the WhatHouse? team’s favourite new homes for sale right now in the North West here:
Charlotte Place in Winsford, Cheshire (David Wilson Homes)
This development offers a range of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes on the edge of this Cheshire town, just six minutes’ drive from the town centre. Help to Buy and Part Exchange offers make these homes available even for those with a small deposit or struggling to sell an existing property.
Winsford is an attractive town just 17 miles from Chester, 28 miles from Manchester and 30 miles from Liverpool, making these homes perfect for someone working locally or commuting to the major cities of the North West. Winsford’s railway station is one the West Coast Mainline, with regular services between Liverpool and Birmingham.
Winsford is a picturesque location offering scenic walks within the surrounding countryside, close to the Winsford Flashes, lakes off the River Weaver which are great for fishing, family picnics and sailing from the Winsford Sailing Club.
Find out more about Charlotte Place from David Wilson Homes
Parkside in Carlisle, Cumbria (Lovell)
Parkside is taking shape in an already well-established residential area on the edge of Heysham Park, a mile-long stretch of greenery which includes playgrounds and sporting facilities, situated in Carlisle’s western suburbs, with good access to the town centre and the M6.
House-hunters will find a mix of two- and three-bedroom homes, most of them semi-detached, with a choice of layouts available. The Help to Buy scheme is offered for those wishing to purchase with a 5% deposit.
Belle View, Yewdale and Newlaithes primary schools and St. Bede’s Catholic and Newtown Community junior schools are all about half-a-mile away, while the Richard Rose Morton Academy is the nearest secondary school.
Leisure activities in the locality include the children’s activity centre The Magic Castle, the Cumbria Indoor Bowls Club and a range of restaurants to suit all tastes.
Find out more about Parkside from Lovell
Jubilee Gardens in Liverpool, Merseyside (Keepmoat)
Around six miles from the centre of Liverpool is this collection of two-, three- and four-bedroom homes designed for modern living. However, just a few minutes in the other direction, you can be right in the middle of the lush and picturesque countryside. With so much natural woodland and rolling fields so close to home, you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
For families looking to move to the area, there’s a great choice of schools nearby. Hope Primary School is just a few minutes’ walk away and Blueberry Park Primary is less than a mile away. For the older ones, Broughton Hall High School and Technology College is a 1.5 miles away and Knowsley Community College is half-a-mile away.
Prices: From £99,995
Find out more about Jubilee Gardens from Keepmoat
The Hedgerows in Leyland, Lancashire (Redrow Homes)
The Hedgerows is perfectly placed, within easy reach of both the popular market town of Leyland and the more extensive shopping and leisure facilities of Preston. It also enjoys excellent commuter connections with the M6 close by and easy access to the West Coast Mainline rail services. The development is on former farmland, surrounded by open Lancashire countryside, offering a great quality of life in homes from Redrow’s acclaimed Heritage Collection.
Redrow was named Best Large Housebuilder at the WhatHouse? Awards 2015, indicating a high level of quality in its products and customer services. A full range of purchase assistance schemes is available to help buyers make their move.
There is Tesco Express within easy reach of the development on Pendle Road, with a range of goods and services also available at Cuerden Park Post Office on West Drive. GP and dental services are also close at hand.
Prices: From £204,995
Find out more about The Hedgerows from Redrow Homes
Astley Green in Astley, Greater Manchester (Rowland Homes)
Equidistant between Wigan and Manchester, and within easy reach of surrounding Lancashire countryside, Astley is a village with a good range of local amenities, including two primary schools and a secondary school.
The choice of property styles available embraces both three- and four-bedroom homes available in no less than eight different designs and finishes, with a variety of facades and layouts. Architectural design features reflect local vernacular styles. Every property includes off-road parking, as well as integral or separate garage accommodation. In addition, each home benefits from lawned garden areas to the front (not always present on some new homes).
Astley Green is close to the A580 East Lancashire Road, which provides a direct connection to central Manchester, just under 10 miles away, and the city’s M60 orbital motorway is just a few minutes away, providing direct access to the whole of the North West. In addition Liverpool, the Lake District and Manchester International Airport are all easily reached by local motorway networks.
Find out more at www.rowland.co.uk ; 0844 875 1323
Mere’s Edge in Helsby, Cheshire (Lancet Homes)
Mere’s Edge is a development of new homes overlooking a quaint fishing pond and located within the pleasant village of Helsby, near the market town of Frodsham. There are 20 properties in the first phase.
The M56 motorway is just a few minutes from your new home and connects you with Manchester in 40 minutes and Chester in just 20 minutes.
Helsby’s railway station is less than a mile away from Mere’s Edge, with trains to Chester taking 12 minutes and to Manchester city centre in under an hour.
The Help to Buy scheme is available to buyers here.
Prices: From £179,995
Find out more at www.lancet-homes.co.uk ; 0161 969 4919