The Planning Resource revealed earlier this week that the Local Government Association, which runs PAS, received a letter from Planning Minister Brandon Lewis explaining the changes to the funding. As a result, the DCLG has reduced its funding by 50%, which means that PAS will along receive £1m in government grants.
According to Planning Resource, the reduction is a knock-on effect of the substantial reduction the DCLG’s resource budget from 2016/17 onwards.
Propertywire.com raised an interesting point recently regarding the government’s view to house building and in their attempts to build as many homes as possible, have they lost sight of design and build quality?
Is the government bothered about design and build quality?
Property developer Richard Carr has always felt that the government’s target of building 200,000 new homes by 2020 was very ambitious. His 30 years’ experience in the industry and knowing the current issues with the planning system lead him to believe that the claim was used to gain votes rather than be put into practice.
Despite being a long way off their target, the government has continued to use this target and house building has increased slightly. At what cost, though?
In another rather bold claim, the government announced that it has turned around the housing market making the dream of homeownership a reality, writes Richard Carr.
Home owners on the rise
Has the government turned around the housing market?
Housing Minister Brandon Lewis’ claims are substantiated by the latest figures which show more than a decade-long decline in the number of people owning their home has been turned around with more than 14 million owner occupiers on the UK in 2013.
“Hard-working families across the country are getting the chance to realise their dream of homeownership,” said Lewis.
“In 2010 there was a housing market where buyers couldn’t buy, builders couldn’t build and lenders couldn’t lend.
“Our efforts are turning that around with more than 270,000 families helped into homeownership through government-backed schemes since 2010, while the number of new homes is up 25% over the last year.”
Finally, the government provides developers with some motivation
In a bid to help meet the government’s 2020 target of building 200,000 per year, it has put 600 acres of surplus public sector land on the market. They hope it will deliver tens of thousands of new homes, boosting local growth across the country.
Richard Carr still believes there is more the government can do in terms of policies around planning, but does see the move as a positive step and proof that they are serious about getting the country building again.
Housing Minster Brandon Lewis has urged property developers to use this opportunity to build the homes “hard-working people” want and deserve.
Richard Carr believes that this highlights the many barriers that both developers and home building firms currently face. The main hurdle – and one that has plagued the industry for many years – is a dire skills shortage. Last year councils granted 212,478 planning permissions for homes, but a lack of skills, increased costs and cuts to margins has seen building slow down.
According to theweek.co.uk, David Cameron is set go it alone in his bid to meet the government’s affordable housing target after losing patience with housebuilders, writes property specialist Richard Carr.
Going it alone
Is the government right to go it alone?
The reports claim that David Cameron is set to announce that the government will “directly” build up to 13,000 new affordable homes on public land. The PM is expected to unveil these “radical” plans in the next few days, which he claims (rather ambitiously) will match Margaret Thatcher and Michael Hesltine’s regeneration of London’s Docklands in the 1980s in significance.
Temporary rights are set to be made permanent on permitted developments
On top of making the temporary right permanent, Minister Lewis also said that the move would allow for unused office buildings to be pulled down and replaced with residential buildings.
The temporary decision was due to lapse at the end of May 2016.
Also, for developers who applied for a change of use during the temporary period, Lewis confirmed that they will three years in which to complete the change of use. In addition to the new PD rights, developers will be allowed to change the use of light industrial buildings and launderettes to new homes.
The above figures is estimated to be available of institutional investment to build and managed new, purpose built rental properties.
Currently nine million Brits rent accommodation and under this new shift which will see a more professional run market they will benefit from better value, greater transparency and purpose built homes/flats.