Planning

Build to Rent – Overview of the evolving housing landscape

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The housing question has always been a complex one and over recent years there has been a seismic shift in housing policy with the intention of finding a solution to plug the yawning gap left by a shortfall of homes. Whilst it is not claimed it will be the panacea, Build to Rent (BtR) has been offered as a solution and we take a look at how this sector has evolved. More …

The beginning of the end for pre-commencement conditions?

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Consultation is underway on draft regulations which seek to create an exemption to a local planning authority's need to obtain the applicant's written agreement to a pre-commencement condition. More …

Custom Builds – an opportunity for developers

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With the Government keen to encourage a more mixed approach to housebuilding, developers should be looking to capitalise on the duty of local planning authorities to grant permissions for plots to meet the demand for self and custom builds. More …

CIL commencement notices: the proof is in the postage

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Developers should take heed of the recent appeal to the Planning Inspector (reference APP/M0933/L/17/1200112) where the appellant was handed a surcharge for his failure to submit a commencement notice. More …

A planning authority's duty to give reasons

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The Supreme Court recently held, in Dover District Council v CPRE Kent [2017] UKSC 79,that in special circumstances a Local Planning Authority may be under a duty to give reasons for its decisions in the interest of fairness and openness, despite there being no general duty under statute. More …

It's finally out - the draft London Plan

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The consultation period for the new draft London Plan officially starts today. The Mayor of London has included an ambitious target for London borough councils to build 65,000 homes every year over the next decade – a figure that is around double the current rate of housebuilding. More …

Dispatches: the great housing scandal

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A Channel 4 programme on "The Great Housing Scandal" highlighted the insufficient quantity of affordable housing that is currently being provided, with a particular focus on the dearth of social rented units. Here, Sara Hanrahan explores the insufficient quantity of affordable housing that is currently being provided. More …

The house in multiple occupation (HMO) loophole

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The BBC's 'Inside Out London' broadcast shone a spotlight on the growing phenomena of landlords carving up suburban houses into HMOs. Sadie Pitman explains the impact this is having on the housing market. More …

Study calls for land release to enable affordable housing

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The property firm Savills have released a report today saying there is an annual shortfall of 104,000 homes in London and the South East. It says much more land must be released by local planning authorities to lower land values and enable... More …

The London approach: Fast-tracking affordable housing schemes in the planning process

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The GLA has published the new Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance but what impact will this have? Our expert explains. More …