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;
6 April 2016 | Planning Policy Updates
Following the regulations laid before Parliament last month, the first amendment to the 2015 General Permitted Development Order, with new and amended permitted development rights (PDRs), came into force on 6th April 2016.
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.
Permanent office to residential rights confirmed and a temporary right for the change of use of light industry to residential will also be created
17 March 2016 | Planning Policy Updates
In regulations laid before Parliament last week, the government confirmed that the permitted development right to change from office to residential, which were introduced on a temporary basis in May 2013, will be made permanent on 6th April 2016.
23 February 2016 | Planning Policy Updates
The DCLG is seeking views on many of the details of implementing the Housing and Planning Bill, in addition to more proposed changes to the English Planning system. The Housing and Planning Bill is a lengthy document however the 10 main themes are as follows...
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.
30 November 2015 | Planning Policy Updates
The Chancellor George Osbourne delivered his 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement on 25th November.
Government urges constructive, positive and rapid responses by LPAs to requests for S106 renegotiations
17 November 2015 | Planning Policy Updates
The CLG has issued a letter urging planning authorities to respond constructively, rapidly and positively to requests for section 106 renegotiations and to take a pragmatic and proportionate approach to viability.
15 October 2015 | Planning Policy Updates
Housing and Planning Bill proposes an increase in the government’s own planning powers
On 13th October 2015, the Housing and Planning Bill was introduced to Parliament.
29 September 2015 | Planning Policy Updates
The government has been granted permission to appeal against a High Court ruling that forced ministers to remove a policy to exempt small developments from affordable housing contributions from national planning practice guidance.
In a statement today, a Department for Communities and Local Government (DGLC) spokesman said: \"We can confirm we have been granted permission to appeal against the judge?s decision on the West Berkshire and Reading court case?.
In July 2015, the High Court quashed the policy which excluded developments of ten homes or fewer or 1,000 sqm or less in floorspace, from the requirement to provide or contribute to affordable housing.
The ruling, which followed a legal challenge launched by Reading Borough Council and its neighbour West Berkshire District Council, prompted the removal of paragraphs from a section on planning obligations in the National Planning Policy Guidance related to the small development policy as well as the vacant building credit.
Mr Justice Holgate's judgment had said that the guidance contravened the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004's presumption in favour of the development plan, and that the consultation process had been unfair.
At the time, the DCLG said it would be seeking permission to appeal against the judge's decision, as it would have a \"disproportionate impact on smaller builders who are important in providing homes for local communities\".
The impact of the ruling were as follows;
- Developers predicted that the removal of the guidance would lead to fewer homes being built as small firms respond by avoiding attempting to develop certain sites.
- Problems were raised for a number of LPAs as a number of local plans contained affordable housing policies informed by the now ?revoked guidance.
- Difficulties were also faced by councils that had incorporated the now deleted guidance into their draft Communty Infrastructure Lev charging schedules, typically opting to charge higher rates for smaller residential schemes because of higher levels of viability resulting from the affordable housing exemption