Changes to the system of developer contributions, including allowing the pooling of more than five section 106 payments and requiring councils to publish details of where planning obligations are spent, have been officially approved by Parliament, meaning they will come into effect in September as planned.
Charging authorities raised close to half a billion pounds from the Community Infrastructure Levy in the 2017/18 financial year, according to government data, with the London Borough of Brent pulling in the highest amount of any council at £28.9 million.
Housing secretary James Brokenshire yesterday announced almost £3 million of government funding for an extra 19 garden villages across England, which he said have the potential to deliver 73,000 new homes.
The government's forthcoming Accelerated Planning Green Paper will explore "new approaches" to meeting the costs of council planning services, including "whether local authorities could recover a greater proportion of these costs, measured against performance," the housing secretary is to due to say today.
"Inherent problems at the heart of the housing planning system" are likely to jeopardise the government's 300,000-homes-a-year ambition while the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) "simply does not have the mechanisms in place" to achieve the target, according to a damning report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
Our survey of the pre-application advice fees charged by English unitary authorities reveals a huge variety in the range of charges levied.
Backbench MPs last year concluded that there was a shortfall in the supply of specialist homes for older people.
New guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) reinforces the message in recent planning guidance revisions that new school places necessitated by development should be funded through developer contributions.
Just before Christmas, the government issued draft regulations for amending the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), the charge that councils can apply to development, and the broader developer contributions system (see News Analysis p09).
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Regulations laid before parliament this month will bring in a series of changes to developer contributions from 1 September.
A new survey conducted by Planning reveals huge variations across England in pre-application advice charges, with London boroughs usually charging the most. By David Dewar.
A new requirement for councils to produce and maintain statements detailing developer contributions funding and spending will place new burdens on them, observers predict, but will also present opportunities for both authorities and applicants.