I appreciate that the government may be somewhat distracted by other matters at this time, but I am puzzled that there has been no indication from Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) regarding the review of Class P (Class B8 Storage use to Class C3 Residential) permitted development rights.
Whilst your feature (see related articles, below) about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) spend is fair in the circumstances, it underlines the basic weakness of CIL as compared with the Milton Keynes Tariff, from which it was derived.
The Housing White Paper's proposed changes (see related links) will make the local plan process much more complicated, time consuming and ineffective.
Richard Garlick's point (see related articles) about correcting a system that favours the landowner by basing viability tests on existing use values is fine in isolation. But we have created the system by steadfastly refusing to consider greenfield development - which in the South East means green belt - and a continued lack of development plans.
I write with pleasure to thank the government for introducing permitted development rights for farmers.
There is no quick fix to the UK's housing crisis and the replacement of coordinated regional spatial planning with a 'bottom up' approach where local authorities rarely look beyond their own boundaries has been the death knell for many large scale development proposals.
Planners are not valuers, so can be excused for believing that viability assessments are accurate valuations.
As mayor of London, Ken Livingstone operated a pan-London 50 per cent affordable housing policy that was rarely achieved. Boris Johnson reversed this, giving discretion to the boroughs to determine an appropriate figure.
On reading Planning's article The 21 authorities in line for local plan intervention (Planning, 8 April 2016), I noted that my council, East Hertfordshire, was on the list.
The secretary of state's decision to approve a free school in North Devon (Casebook, 11 March, p20) appears to set a worrying precedent for other large-scale development proposals in areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONBs).
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.
Reports that a government inspector has recommended the scrapping of Northamptonshire County Council feature in today's newspaper round-up.
Ten of the biggest stories from the past week, including news that the government has announced an expansion of permitted development rules for barn-to-residential conversions alongside a one-year extension to temporary rules allowing the conversion of storage and distribution uses to housing.
Revised plans have been approved for a mixed-use scheme, including up to 200 homes and 6,000 square metres of non-food retail space at a site at Taunton in Somerset, despite the site being allocated primarily for office use.
Liverpool city region mayor Steve Rotheram intends his forthcoming spatial development strategy (SDS) to resolve tensions between existing planning and housing strategies for the area.
- Planning Manager – Warwickshire Jon Taylor Associates Warwickshire
- 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