Construction output fell in November

Sarah Davidson

January 15, 2016

Output in the construction industry fell 0.5% in November from the month before, Office for National Statistics figures show.

New work fell by 0.7%, the largest contributory fall while there were also decreases in infrastructure and private commercial work of 4.3% and 1.5% respectively.

Year-on-year, total output in the construction industry has dropped 1.1% since November 2014.

New housing saw an 0.8% monthly increase, while private sector new housing saw a 0.9% increase.

Andrew Bridges, managing director of Stirling Ackroyd, said: “Housing is surfacing as the deepest and most troubling challenge for the whole UK – our greatest cities need to grow, and a whole generation need somewhere to live.

“Planning is a necessary evil – but it’s slowing down the process. Developers are keen to develop but between Q2 and Q3 2015, planning approvals for new homes in London fell by nearly a third (29%) – totalling just 5,740 approvals. This simply isn’t enough.”

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