“Planning for the Future" – the headlines

Thu, 12 Mar 2020

MHCLG document Planning for the Future (12 March 2020) announces:

Measures to improve performance of local planning authorities

  • Formula for calculating local housing need to recognise 300,000 dpa target
  • Deadline of December 2023 for all LPA to have an up-to-date local plan
  • Reform New Homes Bonus to reward delivery
  • Reform planning fees to properly resource planning authorities
  • Automatic rebate of planning application fee when schemes allowed on appeal
  • New policy framework and development corporations in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc
  • Increase use of local development orders
  • Increase use of CPO to facilitate delivery

Measures to encourage house building

  • Set out a “detailed housing strategy”
  • Funds to regenerate brownfield land
  • Encourage building upwards and at greater density.
  • Consult on new PD rights to demolish vacant buildings and build houses
  • Support for community-led and self-build housing
  • Use infrastructure funding investment to unlock housing development
  • New (unspecified) measures to ensure permissions are built out

Measures to deliver affordable housing

  • Financial investment
  • Transform Homes England “into a more muscular agency”

Measures to improve home ownership

  • Consult on new scheme for First Homes at a discount
  • New national shared ownership model

Future Policy Revision

  • Conduct a “comprehensive review” of the planning system
  • Embed principles of good design and place-making, including local expectations
  • Building in areas of flood risk
  • Carbon emission standards
  • New Homes Ombudsman to stop “rogue developers” getting away with “shoddy work”

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