33,881 homes were granted approvals in the third quarter of 2012, an increase from 24,872 on the previous quarter and up 17% on the same period last year (29,059).
Despite this rise, the Home Builders Federation said the number still fell well short of the 60,000 per quarter needed to meet demand, or the 64,500 that were being granted on average during 2006/07.
The HBF says that the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework in April of this year has resulted in an increased number of successful appeals in instances where local authorities have been behaving “unreasonably,” helping to boost the number of permissions granted.
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF, said: “The increase is good news and hopefully a reflection of the positive planning principles of the new system. It is just one quarterly increase and we are still well short of the number needed but we hope it starts a trend that will continue in 2013.”
“Continuing the current low level of house-building is storing up huge social and economic problems for the years ahead and the shortfall must be addressed.