The government intends to go “further and faster” over the coming months to help the development of more brownfield land, including further funding to bring forward such sites and working with councils to "advance brownfield land registers", the housing minister has said.
The government wants to see retrospective planning applications “used only by those who have genuinely made a mistake”, a housing department minister has told MPs, as part of forthcoming measures to tighten up enforcement rules.
Councils that are “under-resourced and under pressure to deliver housing targets” are approving homes in flood risk areas, with over 5,000 new homes approved in council areas deemed at “high-risk” of flooding so far this year alone, according to a think tank report.
The rebranding of the former housing ministry to reflect its new "levelling up" responsibility could see planning and housing delivery given less prominence, practitioners fear. But some believe it may result in a push to boost housing need levels in the English midlands and north and a renewed focus on strategic planning.
The appointment of Michael Gove as housing secretary is likely to mean the government will substantially water down its controversial planning white paper changes, say observers, who now expect the long-awaited planning bill to be delayed until after Christmas.
The government's new 'metric' that allows planners and applicants to calculate if they meet impending requirements to improve biodiversity levels in new developments has a greater focus on on-site improvements compared to the previous version. But some housebuilders are concerned that it may create viability challenges on brownfield sites, while local authorities could face resource pressures in applying the metric.
- Planning Assistant Cheshire East Council Crewe or Macclesfield, with flexible and home working
- Planning Officer Cheshire East Council Crewe or Macclesfield, with flexible office and home working
- Senior Planning Officer Cheshire East Council Macclesfield, with flexible office and home working
- Principal Planning Officer Cheshire East Council Macclesfield or Crewe, with flexible office and home working
- Planner London Borough of Bromley Bromley (London Borough), London (Greater)
- Principal DM Planning Roles - Home Counties & East Anglia Carrington West Home Counties & East Anglia
- Principal Planner Leeds City Council Leeds, West Yorkshire
- Transport Planner London Borough of Hounslow Hounslow, London
- Senior Transport Planner (3-year fixed-term contract) London Borough of Hounslow Hounslow, London
- Planning Consultants Strutt & Parker South East England
As the government changes tack on its changes to the planning system, all options for new housing locations, including greenfield sites, should be part of the solution.
Housing secretary Michael Gove can take a more integrated approach to deliver housing by using policy tools available to him through the government’s levelling up agenda.
Delivering neighbourhoods in which people can meet most of their daily needs by taking a 20-minute walk should be top of the to-do list for the new levelling up secretary
Nicholas Boys Smith’s new unit has been talked up by ministers, but faces a massive job for a small and newly-formed team.