Planning approvals
Total number of units by private housebuilders and housing associations approved in November, December 2003 and January 2004.
Planning ApprovalsNew-build CompletionsBuyer demand
NovDecJanNovDecJan£Change in 3 months (%)
Northern Ireland47590960825609--
Merseyside---272320132--
North170622210---£168,103-2.5
North-west874158177715191608683£172,420-1.4
North-east---647713340--
Wales171187342715656362£174,8990.1
West Midlands31321125414391479758£187,412-3.7
South-west1379625915061461807£215,9420.1
Scotland7241244237187118921046--
Yorks/Humbs599113346315601458721£168,716-3.4
East Midlands50990432713531515787£178,038-2
East Anglia13710013118171944746£240,0362.4
London37242596518131513806£254,838-12.6
South-east1066530352218125241233£250,307-2.9
The Christmas season didn’t do much to dent Scottish planners’ workload, with a total of 1244 units approved in December. In the housing associations table, Garston Urban Village scored a major approval, and Persimmon and George Wimpey made headway in the private sector.
Approvals into the new year dwindled virtually across the board – with none in Northern Ireland – but London had a much better January. In the private housebuilders table the Gladedale Group got the most green lights at 247 units.
A mild season and plenty of work kept new-build completions buoyant in November and December, with the South-east particularly healthy. But the winter chill set in across the country with the January snow …
Above is the average price homeseekers were willing to pay in their region between November and January. Prices tended to even out slightly with a 12.6% drop in London and a boost in East Anglia, plus a lowering in demand for penthouses countered by an increase in terraces.
Top housing association approvals Nov 03
ClientApplications approvedNumber of units
Newport Housing Trust157
Cosmopolitan HA128
Somer Community HT122
Places for People Group114
Irwell Valley HA112
Castlehill HA 139
Tees Valley HA123
Riverside HA114
Grampian HA 136
Langstane HA132
Top housing association approvals Dec 03
Applications approvedNumber of units
Garston Urban village1320
Arena HA1254
Accord HA156
Newport Housing trust 152
Broadland HA150
Castle Rock HA 246
East Thames Housing Group146
Castlerock HA 243
Glamorgan & Gwent HA140
Southern Housing Group122
Top private housebuilder approvals Nov 03
Applications approvedNumber of units
George Wimpey 7364
Bellway 6332
Persimmon Group 5425
Redrow Group2166
The Cruden Group 2164
Ben Bailey Homes 2120
Harron Homes1118
Wilson Bowden 1114
Fairview New Homes 192
Barratt Developments 182
Top private housebuilder approvals Dec 03
Applications approvedNumber of units
Persimmon Homes 3562
Raven Group 1341
George Wimpey 6305
Bellway 1175
Taylor Woodrow 2173
Lancing Homes 1160
Muir Group 1139
Barratt Developments2127
Kier group1127
Bovis Homes Group 1100
Top housing association approvals Jan 04
ClientApplications approvedNumber of units
Thenew HA153
Dunedin HA147
Perthshire HA140
Liverpool Housing trust126
Grampian HA120
Home HA118
Family HA118
Chester & District HT114
Pierhead HA114
Metropolitan HT114
Top private housebuilder approvals Jan 04
Applications approvedNumber of units
The Gladedale Group3247
George Wimpey4234
Barratt Developments3227
Taylor Woodrow 2202
Croudace Homes1101
MJ Gleeson Group190
Newfield jones homes187
Heritage homes174
Westbury261
chartdale homes150
Demand price by property type
Demand price% change
January 03-January 04  
Detached£270,5269
Semi-detached£155,8198.8
Terraced£159,01612
Apartment£169,3853.2
Penthouse£265,469-5.5
Migration monitor
Oct-03Dec-03Jan 04 (%)
North0.711.350.75
North West0.910.640.32
Yorks&Humberside2.21.171.29
Wales1.130.991.62
West Midlands-0.85-0.84-1
East Midlands1.7201.78
East Anglia1.090.831.1
South West2.442.451.98
South East-3.64-1-2.9
Greater London-8.14-7.76-6.91