The Prime Minister has suggested that the government will soon issue a response to a consultation it held earlier this year on changes to the developer contributions system.
Private landowners across England made pre-tax windfall profits of £13 billion in 2016/17 as a result of land being granted planning permission, according to a report that calls for public authorities to be allowed to capture more of this money for affordable homes and infrastructure.
Property groups have warned that acting on calls in an MPs' report for the government and councils to be allowed to capture a greater share of land value increases arising from planning decisions 'could exacerbate the housing crisis'.
Central and local government should claim a 'significant proportion' of land value increases arising from planning decisions and landowners' existing right to 'hope value' should be scrapped, a report by a cross-party committee of MPs has recommended.
Housing minister Kit Malthouse has poured cold water on calls for stronger powers to allow local authorities to buy land at values set prior to planning consent being granted, but he also indicated that the government could revisit such measures in the future.
This month's Commons housing, communities and local government select committee land value capture inquiry report highlights ways the planning system can anticipate and recover the costs of infrastructure needed to deliver growth.
Last month's High Court ruling on the Parkhurst Road development in north London has attracted wide attention.The headline planning point is that overpaying for a site, even to a government department, will not allow developers to reduce their affordable housing offer. The judgment, however, is worth reading for more than that.
It may be that a recent Supreme Court judgment on a dispute from north-east Scotland proves the most important case of 2017.
Away from the main conference hall and the Prime Minister's mishap-strewn speech, one of the most compelling scenes to witness at last month's Conservative Party conference was the hard time given to the communities secretary by his own councillors over the use of viability assessments in the planning system.
- Planning Officer (Career Grade) - Local Authority Leicestershire County Council Leicestershire
- Principal Planning Officer - Local Authority Leicestershire County Council Leicestershire
- Planning Manager London Borough of Waltham Forest Waltham Forest, London (Greater)
- Senior Town Planner+ | North Yorkshire | Full or Part time | Flexible + Remote working Lewis Davey North Yorkshire
- Planning Director / Planning Manager - Lancashire Lewis Davey Lancashire
Changes to national planning policy on viability assessments are likely to turn up the heat on applicants and strengthen the hand of local authorities, say observers.
How councils' land value capture powers should be strengthened, plus four other key National Infrastructure Assessment recommendations
Government advisory body the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its 30-year assessment of the UK's long-term infrastructure needs earlier this week. Here are five things you need to know about the UK's first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA).
Developers of small schemes in London lacking a policy-compliant level of affordable housing may have won only a temporary reprieve from a controversial viability review requirement, observers predict.
A bold suggestion to tax property owners near Crossrail 2 stations to pay for the project faces a number of practical challenges before it could be implemented, say experts.