"The current slump in house building is the result of a lack of finance, both for homebuyers and house builders, prevalent since the “credit crunch”. The slow-down in planning permissions is the result of a lack of planning applications. There is not a lack of houses, premises to convert or sites to build on. In England, there are around 750,000 empty homes, nearly half of which have been empty for over 6 months, and developers have permission for around 300,000 homes they are not currently building"
So says the Royal Town Planning Institute and that is pretty much what we have been saying for a while too! It is about time someone put some effort into dealing with issues such as empty homes instead of coming up plans for even more development.