The government has announced that it is going ahead with fundamental changes to the English planning system. Writing in the Sunday Times, Housing Minister Robert Jenrick MP has said that radical reforms will see, amongst other things, land designated in three new categories covering growth, renewal or protection, he announced. Development of land in the
The Government has announced that its planning policy paper, which will set ‘out its plan for comprehensive reforms of England’s planning system to better support the economy and release more land for housing in areas that need it most’, will be published later this month. Further information about the announcement is available by clicking here.
SLCC Chief Executive Rob Smith has today written to The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government and his Welsh counterpart Julie James AM Minister for Housing and Local Government in a bid to highlight the significant financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local authorities in England
Housing demand is a key priority for authorities across the UK. The quality of new build developments has been an issue of concern for some time with councils pushing for more accountability and the power to hold developers to account when housing is ‘built to a shoddy standard’. In response, the government has announced the
Parish and town councils have long expressed their concerns over the automatic granting of planning permission for new homes using permitted development rights. The sharp increase in the conversion of offices in some areas is having a marked effect on essential local infrastructure – schools, roads and health services and is being felt through every
LSE professor Paul Cheshire, a leading government adviser, has called for a thousand “commuter villages” totalling 2.1m new homes to be built on the green belt near railway stations to help solve the housing crisis. Prof Cheshire said building communities within walking distance of 1,035 under-used stations would let residents commute to urban jobs, shortening
A total of £14 million will be loaned to Shropshire Council’s new housing company by the local authority. Robert Macey, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for housing and strategic planning, said: “It’s an extremely exciting time for the company and we now look forward to taking these two sites forward. “Shropshire currently has a housing waiting