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Housing facts and figures 2004/2005 to 2021

Permissions and delivery of self-contained homes

This section provides the net total approvals between 2004 and 2019 and net total completions between 2004 and 2020 (Table 2). Please note approvals for 2019/2020 is not fully available from the GLA planning data hub. As such, this report will be updated as soon as the relevant figures are retrievable from the new data store.

Table 2 - Net approved and completed self-contained homes

Financial Year

(1 April to 31 March)

Net approved self-contained homes

Net completed self-contained homes

Mayor of London’s annual housing target (year of London Plan version)

2004/2005

3832

1227

1480 (2004)

2005/2006

2499

1394

1480 (2004)

2006/2007

2980

1958

1480 (2004)

2007/2008

3053

1249

1630 (2008)

2008/2009

3175

1041

1630 (2008)

2009/2010

1808

1333

1630 (2008)

2010/2011

3083

1391

1630 (2008)

2011/2012

2128

1084

2005 (2011)

2012/2013

3366

1065

2005 (2011)

2013/2014

4023

1669

2005 (2011)

2014/2015

3183

1216

2005 (2011)

2015/2016

2213

1390

2736 (2015)

2016/2017

1598

2432

2736 (2015)

2017/2018

1832

859

2736 (2015)

2018/2019

2577

3208

2736 (2015)

2019/2020 Not applicable  1996 2355 (2021)

Total

41,350

24,512

 

Average

2,757

1,532

 

Source: Summary of housing approvals 2004 to 2019 - Sheet 1: Overall by tenure; Summary of housing completions 2004 to 2019: Sheet 1: overall by tenure

Over the past 15 years (2004 to 2019), the council has approved more than enough homes to meet the housing target with an annual approval of 2,757 units. Between 2004 and 2020, the number of homes completed was 24,512 units, averaging around 1500 per year and delivering over half (56%) as much the approved average. The approval of schemes does not necessarily mean they are delivered. Nonetheless, the statutory planning function of the council remains to be one of the most powerful and crucial instruments to manage development positively and generate potential for increased housing delivery.

Please note that approvals and completions within a given year should not be compared as the figures relate to different schemes. The delivery of the approved schemes does not come forward at the same rate. Over the reporting period, some of the major schemes contributed a significant number of new self-contained homes, including:

  • Phases of the Bermondsey Spa regeneration programme
  • Neo Bankside
  • Ontario Point of the Maple Quay regeneration scheme at Canada Water
  • The Silwood Estate regeneration scheme
  • Elephant Park
  • Manor Place Depor Site
  • Phases of Decathlon Site and Mulberry Business Park

Page last updated: 22 February 2022

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