The government has committed to doubling the size of a key housing fund, intended to deliver infrastructure to ease the construction of new homes, to £5 billion.
Planning has been collating all the news and reaction on the key planning-related announcements in chancellor Philip Hammond's 2017 Budget.
The government wants to see annual housing delivery raised to 300,000 homes a year and will intervene to make sure residential planning permissions are built out, chancellor Philip Hammond has said ahead of this week's Budget statement.2 comments
Local authorities' duty to co-operate on issues such as housing need is likely to be transformed into a duty to agree, says Stuart Mills.
The 2017 Planning for Housing conference, organised by Planning, was held in London last week. Here are ten things we learned:
Policy: A Nation With Ambition: The Government's Programme For Scotland, 2017-18.
- Graduate Planner Allen & York Ltd London
- Consultation Manager Allen & York Ltd London
- Planners North Norfolk District Council Norfolk
- Career Grade Planning Officer (Development Management) Brent Council Brent, London (Greater)
- Principal Planning Officer (Development Management) Brent Council Brent, London (Greater)
This week in Manchester, the Conservative Party talked a good game about tackling the housing crisis. For those in attendance at the party's annual conference, there was little doubt that the Tories are sincere in their wish to boost the overall supply of housing, not least because it is becoming a critical issue on the doorstep.
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.
In purely practical terms, the hung Parliament is likely to make planning issues even more intractable.