An analysis of all housing developments of at least 10 houses and flats that were approved by London councils in 2015 has found that work had started on only 54% of them within three years. Almost 57,500 homes were given consent that year but by the end of 2018 construction was only under way on 46%, the same proportion as in the previous year. The number of applications fell last year by 17%, although the number of permissions rose. The figures, compiled by Grant Thornton, also show a 30% drop in affordable homes completed last year, despite a threefold rise in planning approvals.
Evening Standard (28/05/2019)