• Issue 38

  • Jul 2018

The Source

Have a look at our July 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.

We are delighted to showcase our regular feature, “Guest Editorial”; each issue now includes an article kindly prepared by one of our specialist consultants, who are experts in their particular field.

Welcome also to our new readers who have recently joined our continually expanding list of subscribers and please use the links below to view all the back issues of ‘The Source’ from the experts in the strategic residential development industry.

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Guest Editorial

Permission in Principle

Chapter 4 (§38) of the Framework (2018) states “local planning authorities should approach decisions on proposed development in a positive and creative way. They should use the full range of planning tools available, including brownfield registers and permission in principle…”. See also §001 & §003 of the Guidance.

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New NPPF Brings Mixed Feelings for Housebuilders 

The revised National Planning Policy Framework was published on 24th July 2018. The final document is more or less as drafted in the version consulted on in March this year with a few minor changes, mainly wording clarifications.

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Construction Deal to Close Productivity Gap

Last month, Sir Oliver Letwin produced a draft analysis identifying the causes of significant gaps between housing completions and the amount of land allocated or permissioned on large sites in areas of high demand.

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HCLG Releases New Borrowing Programme

At the end of June, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published their ‘Additional Housing Revenue Account Borrowing Programme’.

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New H&C Secretary Sets Out Housing Priorities

The government has announced plans to release £450m to speed up delivery of homes on public-sector land, whilst also encouraging the pace of delivering, and reconfirming the commitment to build 300,000 new homes a year.

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Nominative Determinism gets Malthouse a Job

In the fallout of cabinet ministers resigning left, right and centre, Kit Malthouse MP, has been appointed as 17th Housing Minister in just 20 years.  In terms of those who have held the title since the Conservatives came to government, he becomes the 8th Housing Minister since 2010.

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PINS Performance Rated as ‘Unacceptable’

The Planning Inspectorate has published its annual report which shows that it has failed to meet some of its planning and enforcement appeal decision targets, resulting in them rating their own performance as mixed, if not unacceptable.