Why not build faster?: Explaining the speed at which British house-builders develop new homes for owner-occupation

Adams, D. , Leishman, C. and Moore, C. (2009) Why not build faster?: Explaining the speed at which British house-builders develop new homes for owner-occupation. Town Planning Review, 80(3), pp. 291-314. (doi: 10.3828/tpr.80.3.4)

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This article investigates how speculative house-builders determine the speed at which approved housing sites are developed. It finds that where competition for land is intense, house-builders must assume the highest possible sale prices to make winning bids for sites. Such bids are viable only because the release of land is restricted by the planning system, while the release of homes is managed on a site-by-site basis by builders to achieve the target sales rates underpinning earlier land bids. These factors have combined to encourage caution about the capacity of local housing markets to absorb new-build supply. Even if the planning system released substantially more land, it may take some time before house-builders responded by building out faster. While the research predates the recent collapse in speculative house-building, it is argued that these findings are likely still to be valid once the development of homes for owner-occupation recovers from the current recession.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Leishman, Prof Christian and Adams, Professor David and Moore, Mr Craig
Authors: Adams, D., Leishman, C., and Moore, C.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Town Planning Review
Publisher:Liverpool University Press
ISSN (Online):1478-341X
Published Online:12 November 2009
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2009 Liverpool University
First Published:First published in Town Planning Review 80(3):291-314
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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