Town and Country Planning
Housing and Planning Act passes into law

25 May 2016 | Planning Policy Updates

The Housing and Planning Act gained Royal Ascent on 12th May 2016.  One of the main objectives of the Act is to increase the number of newly built homes and improve the overall affordability of home ownership, mainly for first-time buyers.  In order to meet this objective a number of changes have been put into place which incorporate the following;

Budget 2016 - Impact on Housing and Infrastructure

21 March 2016 | Planning Policy Updates

The Budget 2016 details measures to ‘streamline’ the planning system - including a move to zonal planning ? in an attempt to deliver 400,000 affordable housing starts by 2020-21.

Delivering the Budget 2016 (16 March), chancellor George Osborne said “measures to speed up the planning system” would be introduced by the government, while the green belt will continue to be protected.

Secretary of State throws out unique development for new housing in the Forest of Dean despite substantive benefits being brought forward by the appellant.

4 January 2016 | Planning Policy Updates

The Secretary of State has snubbed a proposal to build 200 new homes in the Lydney despite the scheme being able to deliver a very unique and locally designed content of much needed housing and community facilities. The development would have provided a neighbourhood of selfbuild houses, a new community centre, new public open space and desperately needed affordable homes.

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