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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government have released experimental statistics relating to land use in England. The release provides a snapshot of land use in 2017 and goes some way to highlighting that the vast majority of land in England remains undeveloped.
With the 750th successful neighbourhood plan referendum taking place in February 2019 (with most in the South East), the government this month have released further measures to encourage neighbourhood planning within communities.
SESplan 2, the new Strategic Development Plan for the South East of Scotland, under preparation since 2015, was rejected in May this year by Ministers after eleven months of consideration and a year-long closed examination with no public hearings before that.
After publishing its draft risk management strategy for flood risk and coastal erosion earlier this month, the Environment Agency have warned that any compromise to planning policy or its implementation could increase property damage from flooding by 38 per cent over the next 50 years.
New Viability rules in the PPG and revised NPPF aim to frontload the discussion on viability to the plan-making stage, in order to reduce the amount of testing at the development management stage.
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse has suggested that as part of the government’s Accelerated Planning Green Paper, consideration could be given to measures that would encourage developers to build-out extant planning permissions more quickly.