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Independent review of build out rates – final report 22/11/2018 Labelled as Development

The Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP was appointed by the Government to lead an independent review of build out.


Its purpose was to explain the significant gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated or permissioned in areas of high housing demand and make recommendations for closing it.


He published an interim report in June 2018 and his final report was released alongside the Budget 2018.


Rejecting calls from some in the sector that would force builders to release property onto the market faster than it could be "absorbed", thus reducing sale prices, the final report concludes that the way forward is to increase the diversity of development on large sites, by requiring a greater mix of dwelling types and tenures.  He proposes that the Government should:


  • Adopt a new set of planning rules applying to all future sites over 1500 units in areas of high housing demand, requiring those developing such sites to provide a diversity of offerings, in line with diversity principles in a new planning policy document; and
  • Establish a National Expert Committee to advise local authorities on the interpretation of diversity requirements for large sites


ARCH Policy Adviser, Matthew Warburton has produced a more detailed ARCH Policy Briefing on the Letwin Report for ARCH members and a copy of the full report can be downloaded from the Government website.

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