Planning

New Self Build Rules – New Opportunities says Architects Journal
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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!

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Escaping the CIL Maze  – a Lawyers View
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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 […]

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Localism, housing & popularity – a Lawyers View
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‘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 […]

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Expect new planning policies for declining suburbs
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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 […]

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Co-Housding – Modern Hamlets
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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 […]

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Section 106 decision could save S-B’s £’000′s
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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.

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Fast Track Planning in Sight – New Government Proposals to unblock housing
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Pressure on LPA’s Government may require local councils to compete in processing planning applications and offer fast-track application services.

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‘Corbynomics’ tackles Community Build Projections
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What pressures will Jeremy Corbyn bring to issues such as house building, infrastructure projects, nationalization, and energy policy? Jeremy Blackburn, head of UK policy at RICS, reckons “Corbyn has raised some challenging but principled issues around the expansion of Right to Buy to private landlords; as well as providing a voice for the widely-felt dissatisfaction […]

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Bonfire of the Policies – new Government cleans up
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Raw Political Requirements Obviously our new government sees itself as brand new rather than any kind of continuation from the uncomfortable coalition compromises. Tory ministers are keen to demonstrate this by ditching what went before and David Cameron and George Osborne have a raw political requirement – to keep grumbling backbenchers happy by highlighting the […]

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Town Centre Factories Predicted
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“The convergence of the physical and digital worlds means that manufacturers have to continue to adapt and adopt new processes quicker than ever before.” Duncan White, science and industry leader, Arup.

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Revealed: how developers exploit flawed planning system to minimise affordable housing
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The release of a viability assessment for one of Londons most high-profile developments, seen exclusively by the Guardian, sheds new light on how developers are taking advantage of planning laws to ramp up their returns

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