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HCLG committee on Planning White Paper

Posted on: 10 June 2021 at 18:10:46
Parliament's Housing, Communities and Local Government committee has published its report on the evidence it received for its examination of the Government's 'Planning for the Future' White Paper (PWP) and its recommendations.
London Forum submitted its response to the PWP consultation last year as here and finds the HCLG committee's recomendations meet many of the concerns we expressed.

Report on delivery of approved schemes

Posted on: 6 June 2021 at 15:11:32
Lichfields was commissioned by the Land Promoters & Developers Federation (“LPDF”) and Home Builders Federation (“HBF”) to undertake research into how the pipeline of sites for housing development compares with what might be needed to meet the Government’s ambitions for 300,000 net additional homes per year across England. Their report is here.

Government forces 'First Homes' delivery

Posted on: 6 June 2021 at 12:41:05
At least 25% of a developer’s requirement to build at least 10% affordable housing will need to be First Homes from 28th June 2021. This means at least 2.5% of all homes built in a scheme would need to be First Homes. In a written ministerial statement, housing minister Christopher Pincher said local authorities “may therefore need to review the tenure mix for the remainder of the affordable housing that they are seeking to secure”.
First homes will be sold at a discount, which will be available only for first-time buyers, of 30% at a minimum but could be as high as 50% if the local authority can prove that the increased discount is needed.
The policy will also introduce a price cap for these homes, after the discount has been applied, of £250,000 or £420,000 in London.
In the consultation on MHCLG proposals for First Homes, the GLA responded that they would be unaffordable to most Londoners. Also, that the discount on the homes in order to improve affordability would make the product more expensive for developers to deliver which is likely to have a negative impact on their contribution to the supply of low cost rent homes which are desperately required to meet London’s housing needs.
Planning magazine had an article on 'First Homes' and Property Week published comments on the perpertual discount trap that would apply.

Interview with the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick

Posted on: 7 May 2021 at 17:04:50
In a recent interview, Robert Jenrick spoke about how communities could work with their Council to devise design codes in Local Plans to influence "beautiful" development and "gentle densification". Jenrick defended the Government's permitted development of changes in high streets, to provide "flexibility".
He answered questions about tall buildings and urged that local Councils should decide where they should be located.

Sadiq Khan's pledges from May 2021

Posted on: 6 May 2021 at 20:51:48
Sadiq Khan's commitments were published here.

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Posted on: 25 April 2021 at 10:34:27
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New flight paths to be introduced

Posted on: 22 April 2021 at 21:25:19
John Stewart reports on Performance Based Navigation (PBN) for future flights paths being planned by 'Our Future Skies'. PBN is well-suited to provide noise respite. Curved and high level airport approaches could be implemented to reduce flights over any one community.

Delivery contracts to boost housebuilding

Posted on: 20 April 2021 at 18:56:15
Planning permissions should include a legally-binding "delivery contract" setting out "an agreed contractual trajectory of housing delivery" with penalties for developers and councils that breach them, according to a think tank report by the Centre for Policy Studies, welcomed by the housing minister, Christopher Pincher.

Convert private rented homes to social housing?

Posted on: 16 April 2021 at 19:04:35
"The private rented sector is unwilling and unable to house those in greatest need. As landlords seek to exit that sector, the government should purchase their properties for social rented housing", writes Lord Richard Best, chair of the Affordable Housing Commission (AHC) which recommended a £1.3bn National Housing Conversion Fund.

Status of Local Plans in London

Posted on: 15 April 2021 at 15:03:54
Commercial estate agents Bidwells has published a Spring 2021 update on Local Plans in boroughs. It is clear that several Councils have out of date policies and are locked into the process of preparation, consultation, examination and adoption of changes which will make it difficult for them to modify plans in the near future for design codes and for whatever is the outcome of the Planning White Paper. In March 2020, the Government set a clear deadline of December 2023 for all authorities to have up-to-date Local Plans in place.
Civic and community groups should work with their local authority to help devise new local policies to plan development and control its type and location. In some cases, supplementary planning documents may be a way to achieve that in the short term.

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