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19 Feb 2019

Housing Delivery Test Results Published

Also, on the 19th February 2019, the Government published the long-awaited results of its Housing Delivery Test. The test, which assesses whether local planning authorities are delivering sufficient new homes for their area, compares the net homes delivered over three years to the homes that should have built over the same period (their housing requirement). It is presented as a percentage with 95% representing a ‘pass’.Across England, the test concluded that 108 councils and planning authoritie...

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19 Feb 2019

Permitted Development Changes

Housing secretary James Brokenshire confirmed key changes to Permitted Development (PD) rights, that were first consulted on in Autumn 2018, as part of the Spring Statement including:Upwards Extensions: PD right to extend certain buildings upwards to deliver additional homes will be introduced with regulations in the Autumn. High Street Changes: PD right for town centre uses (A1, A2, A5, betting shops, pay day loan shops and launderettes) to change to officers (B1) and takeaways to change to res...

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19 Feb 2019

Inspector Clarifies Evidence Needed to Demonstrate Housing Land Supply

In a recent appeal decision at Bures Hamlet in Braintree District (APP/Z1510/W/18/3207509) an Inspector has reviewed the Woolmer and Woolpit decisions providing further useful guidance in the assessment of 5 year housing land supply.  He found that:Permissions issued after the base date should not be counted (including sites subject to a resolution to grant – paragraph 62) Information received after the base-date regarding the progress of sites with outline permission should be included in the A...

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