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Letwin Review of build out rates 05/07/2018

On 25 June the government published Sir Oliver Letwin's draft analysis of the cause of the gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated and granted planning permission for housing.


Sir Oliver Letwin, was tasked with looking into why there is a lengthy time gap between planning permission and completions and his latest report finds that the median build-out time period for these sites was 15 and a half years, with a median 6.5% of the site built out each year. He further finds that the rate of build out and "absorption" by the local housing market could be increased significantly by increasing the variety of homes on large sites in size, tenure and design.


The Review also considered a number of other potential constraints on build-out rates, concluding that the only factor needing urgent action is the shortage of bricklayers and his report urges the government to find ways to train 15,000 additional bricklayers over the next 5 years.


ARCH Policy Adviser, Matthew Warburton, has produced an ARCH Briefing Paper for ARCH member councils on the findings of the Letwin Report.

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