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The Housing White Paper: Fixing our Broken Housing Market – A Brief Analysis

10th March, 2017

Last month, Sajid Javid MP, (Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government) introduced the Housing White Paper, to address structural failings in the UK’s housing market.  Whilst admitting that there is no ‘silver bullet’ that can fix the nation’s housing crisis, there was recognition that action had to be taken on many fronts – not least in... Read More »

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015

6th March, 2017

The Government has, over the last couple of years or so set out a planning strategy to encourage and accommodate individuals and associations wishing to build their own homes. The Act, amended by the Housing and Planning Act 2016 provides a mechanism by which those wanting to build their own homes can register their interest with their local... Read More »

Neighbourhood Plans become more local

16th November, 2016

Last week, the High Court, in RLT Built Environment Ltd v Cornwall Council [2016] EWHC 2817 (Admin,) ruled that a policy within a Neighbourhood Plan, which prohibited new dwellings to be used as holiday homes, was lawful. A neighbourhood plan is a document drawn up by communities to shape development in their local area.  It was one of... Read More »

Housing and Planning Act 2016 – Compulsory Purchase Reforms

16th November, 2016

On 12th May 2016 the Housing and Planning Act received Royal Assent. The Act is bringing about major changes to the English Planning regime and Part 7 does so to the compulsory purchase and compensation regime in England and Wales.  The changes affect Acquiring Authorities and claimants by bringing clearer timetables and targets to the confirmation stage of... Read More »

Housing and Planning Act 2016 – What next for Planning in England?

25th October, 2016

The Act received Royal Assent on 13th May 2016 and brings about changes to the Planning system in England with provisions to provide discounted Starter Homes, simplifying planning applications for housing led development, speeding up the adoption of Neighbourhood Plans and the publication and adoption of local plans. Starter Homes The Government is committed to building a million... Read More »

Political Party Planning Policies

1st May, 2015

With the General Election less than a week away, policies relating to Planning and the built environment are... Read More »

A New Chapter For Planning in Wales

28th October, 2014

The long-awaited Planning (Wales) Bill started its passage through the National Assembly at the beginning of October 2014.... Read More »

Advice on Prior Approval for Change of Use

15th July, 2014

Permitted Development In many cases a change of use of a building or land does not need planning... Read More »

A New Chapter For Planning In Wales

16th January, 2014

The long-awaited Planning (Wales) Bill was published in the form of a draft in December 2013. It was... Read More »

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