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Get Britain building?

Last week, the media reported significant changes being proposed by the coalition government to the Country’s planning system with some reports going as far as saying we have an affordable housing holiday. The summary below shows just what is being proposed. As always there is a healthy dose of ‘hype’ between what was reported and what is actually being proposed.In many instances the mooted changes are actually consultations about changes or measures that will be introduced some time in the future. There is an awful lot of detail missing from the announcements already made. Yes, another round of reforms might be in the offing but you might want to talk to us about the fine detail before making any firm plans!Financial Measures 
  • Further subsidies under Right to Buy.
  • Get Britain Building fund re-launched with £570m.
  • Growing places £770m.
  • Institutional investment to be assisted by £200m fund for provision of rented accommodation for institutional investment.
  • Debt Guarantee of up to £10 billion of draw down for developers and housing bodies .
  • Funding for an additional 15,000 new affordable homes.
  • Refurbishment of 5,000 homes.
  • Increase released of public sector land for development
Planning Measures
  • Mediation Task force to help unlock stalled sites.
  • Planning applications to be determined by the Planning Inspectorate where there is historic poor performance.
  • Speeding up planning appeals.
  • New expedited commercial appeal fast track.
  • Longer time to replace older permissions.
  • Increased remit for Infrastructure Planning Commission. 
  • From 2013, new powers to appeal against old, unviable S106 agreements.
  • Review of locally derived standards.
  • Encouragement to consider the use of brownfield land in Green Belts for housing.
  • Consultation on increasing the permitted development rights for householders.
  • Increasing permitted development rights to allow change of use from offices to shops in High Streets.