70% ‘Unaffordable’ In its latest Green Belt Under Siege report, CPRE – The Campaign to Protect Rural England – reveals that 70% of houses planned for the Green Belt will be unaffordable to those who need them.
Planning Resources Lacking At the end of 2016, a joint research report from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) found that nearly 90% of local authorities believe that the government’s housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources.
2017 will be Hugely Significant Two major announcements:- – a swathe of new brownfield starter homes. – £7Bn funds for a “dramatic expansion” for affordable housing. Local authorities and housing associations are, no doubt, hard at work on a fresh set of applications.
Platforms Above Car Parks ZEDpod claims to be a prefabricated, super energy-efficient micro-home that can sit on an elevated platform above car parks at big retail outlets, hospitals or municipal offices.
What is an “Agrihood” It’s an alternative neighbourhood growth model, positioning agriculture as the centrepiece of a mixed-use development. There are some ‘agrihoods’ around the USA, but in rural areas. This is the first within a city.
12 Million Self-Builds – a Takeover? As reported by the Architects Journal, local councils must now grant planning permission to meet demand for those wanting to build their own homes. And according to many surveys, at least 12 million Britons would like to build or commission their own home. That’s a lot of houses!
Planning Inspectorate Highlights According to Graham Cridland and Holly Lawrence of Ashfords Solicitors, recent appeal decisions published by the Planning Inspectorate have highlighted the appeal process under regulations 117 to 119 of the Community Infrastructure Levy (“CIL”) Regulations 2010 and the importance of adhering to the mechanics of the procedures set out within the CIL […]
‘Boosting’ Housing Delivery Pledging unprecedented steps to boost housing delivery, Sajid Javid told the October Conservative Party Conference that a 3 billion Home Builders Fund was being created to build more than 225,000 new homes. Explaining that housing provision was his number one priority, he called for councillors and MPs to be prepared to make […]
Suburbs Falling Behind Inner Cities A new Suburban Task Force – like the Urban Task Force – is needed to boost regeneration in outer city areas. Despite being seen as places of relative prosperity, according to the Smith Institute, a centre left think tank, over the last decade many have struggled, with shifting employment, poverty […]
What is Cohousing? A cohousing community is an intentional grouping of typically between eight and 40 households, created and run by its residents. Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home – and sometimes garden – but residents come together to manage and maintain their homes as part of a community with fixed boundaries […]
Small Sites Verdict Self-Builders are set to save £1,000s thanks to a recent decision on Section 106 Planning Obligations. On 11 May the Court of Appeal Civil Division reversed last year’s High Court decision to quash the exemption from s106 planning obligation payments for small sites.