Strengthening the presumption in favour of ‘starter home’ developments is one of a raft of changes to be implemented as part of a new national planning policy, writes Development Specialist Richard Carr.
Increasing the density of development around commuter hubs
Supporting sustainable new settlements and helping development on brownfield land and small sites
Helping the delivery of housing allocated in plans
Promoting and aiding the delivery of starter homes
If Ministers get the go-ahead, they plan on introducing a statutory requirement which would see a number of ‘starter homes’ delivered on all reasonably-sized housing developments. Another change would see the widening of low-cost homes to fall within the definition of affordable housing.
Richard Carr says local planning authorities should presume to grant not start with a no!
Cities across the UK are being hit by delays of over six months on new planning applications it was revealed in an influential and authoritative annual survey.
Developers and local authorities have identified a lack of resource within planning departments as a key barrier to development, which in turn is effecting economic growth. House building has been identified as a key area for the current government with David Cameron revealing that he wants to see the UK creating 200,000 new homes per year.
Richard does believe that Local Planning Authorities need more resources, however asking developers to pay more in planning application fees will negatively affective the industry and slow down the country’s current development growth. In the long term this will have a big effective on the economy, which has only recently started showing signs of a recovery.
Aswell as an increase in planning fees, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has written to the Chancellor arguing against further cuts to local authority funding. Local authority planning and development services have experienced the largest cuts of any local government area since 2010.