• Issue 33

  • Feb 2018

The Source

Have a look at our February 2018 edition of The Source.

Welcome to the latest edition of “The Source” – prepared by the team at Gladman with the specific aim to inform you of current news and views in land & planning.

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Guest Editorial
Putting NLPs to the Test

In December 2016, Natural England published four New Licence Policies (NLPs), to (i) reduce time and financial burdens on developers, and (ii) direct investment towards positive and effective conservation action. These policies have started to take root and their use is being tested on a case-by-case basis.

UK Finance has confirmed that more first-time buyers took out mortgages in 2017 than in any year since the financial crisis.

365,000 people took ownership of their first home last year, the highest number since 2006 and 7.4% more than in 2016. UK Finance, the trade body for Britain’s banks. Its data also showed that the average age of a first-time buyer was 30 and had an average income of £41,000.

December 2017 saw the publication of the new Planning (Scotland) Bill, marking an important milestone in the process begun in September 2015 by the then Minister Alex Neil MSP following an earlier call for ‘game-changing’ ideas to improve the system and identify scope for reform, focusing on delivering a quicker, more accessible and efficient planning process and increasing the delivery of high quality homes.

Last month, the promised consultation draft of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was delayed. Melanie Dawes of the Ministry of Housing, ­Communities and Local Government ­ (MHCLG) told a committee of MPs that the consultation draft would appear “just before Easter or thereabouts”. The draft was previously scheduled to appear “early” in 2018.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has confirmed an £866 million investment in local housing projects that will help build up to 200,000 new homes.

Despite advice from York’s professional planning officers to allocate sufficient housing land to meet the needs of its current and future residents, elected members have chosen to reject almost all the sites proposed for the city’s draft local plan.