Finally…a White Paper

Everyone seems to have a quick reference guide of the new White Paper. Here is mine – with apologies to Planning Resource for some shameless rewrites….1. Starter Homes dropped
Ministers have dropped plans to impose a duty on councils to ensure at least 20% Starter Homes on all reasonably sized development sites.

Despite a grilling on the Today programme Javid did his best to get the message out there..

2. Housing supply calculations will be standardised
We can soon expect the assessment of housing requirements on a standard footing across England. This responds to the recommendations of the Local Plans Expert Group’s report and is long overdue.

The Housing White Paper will not fix the housing market overnight, but does provide a blueprint for change, says Genesis’ Neil Hadden

3. A  CIL shake-up ahead? 
Plans may be afoot for a replacement of CIL with a “hybrid system” of a low level tariff for all developments and section 106 for larger developments.

4. Fees to rise by at least 20% from July
Surpise surprise…planning fees will be going up. Rises may be linked to increases for those LPA’s who deliver the homes they need.

5. Boosting build out rates
Use of CPO powers to promote development on ‘stalled sites’. There may even be consideration given to an applicant’s previous track record in delivery.

6. The housing delivery
The housing delivery test will “ensure that local authorities and wider interests are held accountable for their role in ensuring new homes are delivered in their areas”.

“From November 2017, if delivery of housing falls below 85 per cent of the housing requirement, authorities would in addition be expected to plan for a 20 per cent buffer on their five-year land supply, if they have not already done so,”.

7. Rural planning review 
The government will consult on a new agricultural to residential permitted development rights and amend guidance on farmshops, polytunnels and on-farm reservoirs.

8. Upward extensions permitted development right ruled out
Plans to provide for pd ‘upward’ extensions will not come forward. However, the delivery of new homes by building ‘up’ will be encouraged in an amendment to the NPPF.

9. Backing for Build to Rent
Affordable private rented homes will be encouraged.  A change to the NPPF will make it explicit that “affordable private rent can count as a form of affordable housing, and that it is also particularly well suited to Build to Rent”.

What will the Housing Associations have to say?

10. New tests for neighbourhood planners
Neighbourhood plans will need to pass housing delivery tests if they are to be afforded the weight that has recently been promised.


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