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Housing and Planning Act 2016

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016.

It heralded a number of new measures, in particular relating to:

  • Starter Homes – the introduction of a statutory framework for their delivery
  • Self-build and Custom Housebuilding – requiring local authorities to meet demand for custom-built and self-built homes by granting permissions for suitable sites
  • Neighbourhood Planning – the simplification and speeding up the neighbourhood planning process to support communities that seek to meet local housing and other development needs through neighbourhood planning
  • Planning Permission in Principle – enabling permission in principle to be given to suitable housing-led sites identified in the brownfield register and in local and neighbourhood plans, and providing an opportunity for applicants to obtain permission in principle for small sites
  • Register of Brownfield Land – enabling the Secretary of State to require local authorities to hold a register of various types of land, with the intention of creating a register of brownfield land to facilitate unlocking land to build new homes
  • Sustainable Drainage Systems – requiring a review of elements of the planning system that relate to sustainable drainage
  • Piloting Alternative Provision of Processing Service – allowing the Secretary of State to introduce, by regulations, pilot schemes to test the benefits of introducing competition in the processing (but not determination) of applications for planning permission

The detail will appear over the coming months.  One of the first off the blocks was a technical consultation on the details for the regulations to support the starter homes clauses in the Housing and Planning Bill.  This ran from 23 March to 18 May 2016.  For more information please feel free to contact Bluestone Planning.

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