Owl says: seems the decision that we need MORE and MORE housing is taken as a given – and this is more an exercise on how and where they can be shoe-horned in:
“This consultation closes at
11:45pm on 9 November 2017
Consultation on further measures set out in the housing white paper to boost housing supply in England.
“This consultation sets out a number of proposals to reform the planning system to increase the supply of new homes and increase local authority capacity to manage growth.
a standard method for calculating local authorities’ housing need
how neighbourhood planning groups can have greater certainty on the level of housing need to plan for
a statement of common ground to improve how local authorities work together to meet housing and other needs across boundaries
making the use of viability assessments simpler, quicker and more transparent
increased planning application fees in those areas where local planning authorities are delivering the homes their communities need
The attached ‘Housing need consultation data table’ (see links below) sets out the housing need for each local planning authority using our proposed method, how many homes every place in the country is currently planning for, and, where available, how many homes they believe they need.
Alongside this consultation, the attached ‘Comprehensive registration programme: priority areas for land registration’ document lists those areas where Her Majesty’s Land Registry intends to prioritise the registration of ownership of all publicly held land.”
Click to access Planning_for_Homes_consultation_document.pdf
1. I fail to reconcile an ongoing need for hundreds of thousands of new homes with the Brexit objective of ejecting millions of foreigners. Should we assume that the immigration rhetoric is simply rabble rousing and that they have no real intention or expectation of controlling immigration? Perhaps because our health and social care would fall apart and because they wouldn’t have any labourers to build all these new homes?
2. As usual they are aiming at the wrong target – with hundreds of thousands of potential homes already approved for building (i.e. with planning permission) there is no shortage of building sites. What is missing is an incentive to the big developers to either build these homes or to release the land at a reasonable price for other smaller developers to build on.