Stuart Natkus, planning director at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, responded to a report published by the Local Government Association which claims a significant number of new homes with planning permission are not being built.
He said: “This was a table-top exercise with accusations highlighted in this report that don’t paint the full picture.
“The developers we work with in Yorkshire acquire both land and permissions in order to build new homes – that’s the bottom line.
“For example, Barton Willmore secured planning permission for Bellway’s Skipton Road development in Harrogate. Building work started soon after.
“There are significant upfront costs in buying a site and preparing a planning application and for developers to do so without building is not viable. Developers need a return on capital.
“A whole range of factors – including political difficulties, skills shortages in the construction industry, and delays in bringing utilities to sites – can have a bearing on whether building is progressed.
“It’s also unclear what type of planning permission this report refers to. Developers need implementable planning permission to progress on sites, not just outline planning permission.”