Work stalls on half of Hull city centre developments, including Quay West and Bond Street flats
HALF of all city centre developments granted planning permission since 2005 have yet to get off the ground.
Research by Hull City Council blames the state of the economy for schemes stalling after being given the go-ahead by the authority.
In particular, low land values in Hull, lack of market demand and access to finance are seen as key barriers to construction.
Stalled schemes range from the Quay West extension of Princes Quay to the redevelopment of the derelict former Edwin Davis department store in Bond Street.
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In a new report, the council's planning manager Alex Codd also takes ministers to task for repeatedly suggesting developers and investors are being put off by the planning system itself.
He said: "The Government's claims that the planning system is an obstacle to development with onerous agreements preventing development coming forwarded is ill-founded.
"Within Hull it is not the lack of planning permissions that is preventing development coming forward."
Mr Codd said 33 of the 67 proposals granted planning permission by councillors in the city centre since January 2005 had yet to translate into actual schemes.
"The large number of permissions granted indicates the significance of the city in terms of employment, housing, retail and leisure activities, although over the past year there has been a reduction in city centre schemes coming forward," he said.
"Undoubtedly, the current economic situation will be having an impact.
"The issues of delivery are particularly crucial in the current economic climate and one of the council's priorities is the delivery of physical regeneration."
Mr Codd said recent moves by the council to relax policies around land use is an example of how the authority is trying to buck the development trend in the city centre.
He said: "The difficulty within the city is land values are low and market demand for certain services limited, against this backdrop access to finance is a key factor preventing development coming forward.
"If the Government was able to support investment into new build projects and enable applicants to access finance more easily at a reduced costs this would help the delivery of development."
The council currently has a policy of giving two-year planning consents for city centre developments with the aim of encouraging construction work to start sooner.