More local planning authorities are likely to seek to levy affordable housing contributions on small sites following an attempt by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) to clarify the issue, according to experts.
The 'vast majority' of local planning authorities in England have responded to a letter from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) which offered them the freedom to increase fees by 20 per cent from July if they commit to invest the additional fee income in their planning department.
The South Downs National Park Authority will bring its Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule into force on 1 April, when it will become the first of England's national park authorities to start collecting the development tariff.
Proposals to pilot a new land value capture mechanism on a major infrastructure project in the capital are included in a memorandum of understanding on further devolution to London announced in today's Budget statement.
A ministerial statement stipulating that affordable housing contributions should not be sought from small schemes does not automatically outweigh local policies, the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has said as it issued an apology to a borough which had complained over a series of decisions in which inspectors had come to differing views on the matter.4 comments
More than two years after former planning minister Brandon Lewis issued a controversial written ministerial statement (WMS) exempting small sites from affordable housing obligations, could a letter from the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) finally clear up how much weight should be attached to the policy?
In a book published a couple of years ago, the former Labour home secretary Charles Clarke explored the concept of the 'too difficult box'. The book's chapters examine seemingly intractable issues such as social care funding, pensions and media regulation, which politicians are unable to crack.
A study published this week accuses the National Planning Policy Framework of contributing to a diversion of funds from affordable housing to landowners' pockets.3 comments
Earlier this year, the government surprised many in the sector by announcing that a temporary appeal mechanism to allow developers to challenge affordable housing obligations was to be killed off.1 comment
- Senior Planner (2 Posts) Sefton Council Bootle, Merseyside
- Principal Urban Design Officer Guildford Borough Council Guildford, Surrey
- Development Control and Countryside Manager Cumbria County Council Cumbria
- Senior Development Management Officer Carrington West Buckinghamshire
- Head of Environmental Planning, Leeds JSM Associates Leeds
Supporters of proposals to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy with a low-level charge say that new figures demonstrating the success of a pan-London levy set up to raise funds for the Crossrail project serve to bolster rather than undermine their case.
A system put forward by a government-commissioned review to replace the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) would see all development face a low-level charge, with no - or very few - exemptions, the removal of the need for an examination process, and a mandatory requirement placed on town halls to adopt the new mechanism.
We lack effective methods of capturing land value increases created by planning permission and public investment, says Paul Cheshire. But there are potential solutions.
News that an examiner has endorsed Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) proposals brought forward by a group of Worcestershire authorities features in the latest CIL Watch update.