Communities secretary Sajid Javid yesterday unveiled the government's Housing White Paper. Here are ten things you need to know about the key planning measures in the document.
EXCLUSIVE: The authorities performing worst against the government's new housing delivery test include a group of London boroughs, a number of districts with green belt constraints, as well as authorities with tightly drawn boundaries which are seeking to work with their neighbours to address housing need across wider areas, two assessments suggest.1 comment
David Dewar looks at five of the most important planning issues that are still unresolved following the Housing White Paper's publication.
The government's new housing delivery test could require nearly two-thirds of authorities without up-to-date local plans to produce action plans setting out how they intend to get housebuilding in their areas back on track, an analysis by Planning suggests.
Ministers' proposals to codify the very special circumstances test for amending green belt boundaries have been broadly welcomed by practitioners, though few expect that it will lead to any substantial redrawing of boundaries to open up sites for development.
The Housing White Paper's move to densify development reverses a direction set by the coalition government. Experts welcome the flexibility of the approach. But some highlight potential threats to design quality, while others question the extent of its impact.
Government proposals to put housing need and land supply assessments on a standard footing offer a way out of endless arguments in plan examinations and appeal inquiries, says Derek Stebbing.1 comment
Proposals in the Housing White Paper will open planning authorities up to unplanned development if they fail to meet government targets for housing growth.1 comment
Experts have welcomed the government's retreat from plans to oblige councils to ensure a fixed element of Starter Homes on housing sites, although some see continued uncertainty over the government's new approach to affordable provision.
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.3 comments
Housing White Paper proposals to introduce a fee of up to £2,000 for making an appeal are unlikely to deter applicants from making legitimate appeals and could provide additional income for the Planning Inspectorate to employ inspectors, observers say.1 comment
- Senior Planner (2 Posts) Sefton Council Bootle, Merseyside
- Principal Urban Design Officer Guildford Borough Council Guildford, Surrey
- Head of Planning and Development Ashford Borough Council Ashford
- Lead Planning Officer Cumbria County Council Cumbria
- Development Control and Countryside Manager Cumbria County Council Cumbria