The government pledged in the recent Housing and Planning Bill that it would build a million new homes by 2020, a target that property developer Richard Carr felt was slightly ambitious.
Is the government’s target achievable?
However, land agent Aston Mead has hit back at doubters claiming that the target is based on current figures and is a reality.
In contrast, a recent survey of owner and directors of 389 house builders across England found that a small majority (51%) thought that the target would not be met.
Current output of homes is increasing rapidly, with build rates on large sites doubling since 2010. There were more than 180,000 new homes delivered in 2014/2015, with this year’s figure expected to be higher still.
96% of local councils in the United Kingdom have claimed that their need for affordable housing is severe or moderate and have called upon the government to do more to tackle affordable housing prices, writes property developer Richard Carr.
72% of councils think the National Planning Police Framework (NPPF) hinders building of affordable housing
96% of councils say that their need for affordable housing is severe or moderate
7% think starter homes will help address affordable housing
“With 96% of councils describing their need for affordable homes as severe or moderate, and 89% worried that the extension of Right to Buy will lead to less affordable homes, it is clear that there is a real crisis,” Kate Henderson, chief executive of the TCPA, told propertywire.com.
Despite the EU referendum and a number of other factors, the UK’s residential property market continues to flourish and has outperformed the predictions that were set for the start of 2016, writes property developer Richard Carr.
The UK’s residential market has started 2016 at breakneck speed
According to analysis from Connells Group, the property market in the UK started 2016 at breakneck speed with more buoyant activity than the positive sentiment experienced during the final quarter of 2015.
Low interest rates and a number of economic factors has seen the number of active buyers entering the property market reach new heights. David Livesey of Connells explained to propertywire.com that the low interest rates has encouraged those on the fence to make their first move onto the property ladder.
Although there has been plenty of positives coming out of the industry over the past months in relation to increase planning applications and new funds to help social housing, the country’s housing shortage remains one of its major problems.
As a result of the increasing uncertainty around the decision that will be made following the referendum, residential investment transactions in the residential sector have slowed and limited house buying transactions across the house price spectrum.
However, there’s no need to panic, yet.
“This is not unexpected as there’s usually a slowing of residential transactions before any national poll. After an election vote we typically see the residential sector recover and bounce back as stability and confidence returns,” the report says.
“Should the UK opt for a Brexit, we could assume that uncertainty could linger while the UK Government negotiates new trade deals and relationships with the EU and third countries,” it adds.
Property Developer Richard Carr recently spoke out in the Bournemouth Echo about the need to rethink the way that property taxes such as s106 payments and CIL are being implemented, an opinion which is now being shared by an independent panel.
Local authorities grip on Green Belt land is getting weaker and weaker by the minute as new research suggests that the number of homes being built on Green Belt land is set to soar over the coming years, writes property consultant Richard Carr.
Can anyone stop green belt development?
Green Belt development policy is slowly abating as the government responds to the growing housing crisis. An increasing number of loopholes in planning guidance are being found, whilst local councils find themselves under increasing pressure from the government to release Green Belt land for new development through an ‘exceptional circumstances’ clause.
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.
61% of MPs agreed that fees should increase, whilst 47% say they should increase but with stronger guarantees on planning performance. The feeling was supported by the country’s two main political parties. Labour MPs voted in favour by 65% and the Conservative’s by 61%.
In a survey conducted by the BPF and GL Hearn in 2015, 55% of local planning authorities cited under resourcing as a major challenge, whilst 65% of applicants said they would be happy to pay extra to reduced waiting times.
The government is being called upon by MPs to carry out a detailed review of the current national planning policy before the end of this parliament, writes property developer Richard Carr.
Is it time for a National Planning Policy review?
Since the publication of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in 2012, there has been little review and now an all-party group of MPs has voiced their concerns that there has been “no robust, objective or evidence-based monitoring, evaluation or review.