Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has announced new measures that will make it easier to turn underused office buildings into new homes.
- Head of Planning North Norfolk District Council Cromer, Norfolk
- Planning Enforcement Officer Cherwell District Council Banbury, Oxfordshire
- GROUP MANAGER, GROWTH and PLANNING Mendip District Council Shepton Mallet
- Planners – Planning Policy (1 permanent role and 1 three year fixed-term role) Reed Global Southend-on-Sea, Essex
- Senior Planner – Planning Policy Reed Global Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Councils in which housing delivery is less than 95% of need will have to deliver action plans by May 2019
Councils that have failed to deliver 95 per cent of their housing need over three years will have to publish action plans within six months of the government publishing the first housing delivery test results this November, according to new draft guidance.
The use of viability assessments at the stage of deciding planning applications "should not be necessary", according to draft national guidance.
Councils should review their strategic policies earlier than every five years where housing need calculated under the new standard method is found to be higher than in existing plans, according to new draft national guidance.
Experts offer differing interpretations on the extent of the dangers facing councils failing to explain why they have taken planning decisions, following recent court rulings.
Experts say it is almost impossible to generalise about why the secretary of state is refusing homes applications in areas with no identified five-year housing land supply.
Government proposals to amend the rules governing release of green belt land are billed as strengthening protection for these areas, but some in the sector suspect that the revisions may have the opposite effect.
The most important factor restricting the rate at which planning permissions on large sites are built out is housebuilders' unwillingness to release so many homes into a local market at the same time that the prices would drop.
Industrial and housing development work side by side on a north London scheme, says David Dewar.
Policy: Improving the use of planning conditions - consultation on draft regulations.
Planners need to consider new approaches to making better use of floorspace to allow housing delivery, says Russell Smith.
Policy Summary: Draft policy statement provides planning guidance for nuclear waste disposal facilities
Policy: Draft national policy statement for geological disposal infrastructure: a framework document for planning decisions on nationally significant infrastructure.