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1,234 Planning Applications Approved in York in Nine Months


1:14pm 19th February 2014

1,234 planning applications for new houses have been approved in just nine months according to new figures from York Council's Labour group.

The party claims it shows increasing confidence in the housing market and construction sector in the city.

The Labour Deputy Leader of York Council Tracey Simpson-Laing said:

“The information shows that planning consents have risen by more than 600% since 2011/12 with the first three quarters of 2013/14 showing a year-on-year increase of more than 233% alone."

“This is testament to this council’s commitment to supporting the local building industry through its Get York Building initiative, which seeks to unblock the house building market.  Decisions taken as part of this initiative such as increased flexibility on affordable housing targets and financial contributions in lieu of affordable housing on rural sites can only have helped give increased confidence to would-be developers."

“York has been described in national media as having major potential for growth in the next twelve months and these figures back this up.”

York Council Conservative leader Chris Steward commented:

"We should be pleased at Labour welcoming the improving economy and resurgent construction sector due to national Conservative policies, however it is lessened by Labour seeking to take the credit locally for a national effect. All the evidence shows York’s construction market is doing well despite rather than because of Labour and in York in particular we have seen many people denied the chance to get homes due to Labour’s failed housing policies".

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