A new package of measures intended to simplify and speed up the compulsory purchase process has been introduced by the government.1 comment
Government proposals to reduce the need for viability assessments by making clear that where local plan policy requirements have been tested for viability the issue should not be tested again at the application stage have puzzled experts, who believe the plans mirror the existing approach.
News that Cheshire East Council has slashed proposed residential Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charges across the majority of its area features in the latest instalment of CIL Watch.
The government has set out proposals to make viability assessments 'simpler, quicker and more transparent', including a move to change national planning policy to make clear that applications that meet viability requirements set out in local planning policies 'should be assumed to be viable'.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has refused permission for a mixed-use scheme comprising more than 700 homes on a brownfield site in south-west London after finding 'serious deficiencies' in the section 106 unilateral undertaking drafted for the development.1 comment
Last month, while many if not most planning professionals were on holiday, London mayor Sadiq Khan published the final version of his affordable housing and viability supplementary planning guidance (SPG).
The future of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which requires developers to contribute to infrastructure needed to support development across the planning authorities in which they build, is in doubt.
Back in 2014, when Alex Morton was leading on housing policy in Downing Street, the former coalition government announced plans for a £3.5 million project to pilot 'development benefits' - financial payments to households with the aim of reducing opposition to new homes.
When the property industry tells ministers that they need to allow planning authorities to increase application fees, then you know that the lack of resources in council planning departments really has become acute.
- Senior Planning Officer Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
- Major Projects Manager Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
- Senior Planning Policy Officer South Oxfordshire District Council & Vale of White Horse District Council Oxfordshire
- Senior Planning Officer Central Bedfordshire Council Bedfordshire
- BUILDINGS FOR MISSION SECRETARY The Church of England Diocese of Durham Durham (City/Town)
A Planning investigation reveals that councils have collected tens of millions of pounds in Community Infrastructure Levy receipts, but only a small proportion has so far been spent on infrastructure. John Geoghegan reports.
When London mayor Sadiq Khan blasted a borough council for agreeing a substantial reduction in the number of affordable homes in a major development, he was met with defiance.
The pros and cons of foreign investment in housing are examined by Matthew White.
A survey of English local authority planners reveals how they expect to spend the extra money promised by the government's proposed application fee rise, reports Mark Wilding.