The government’s advisory body on major infrastructure has announced that its second National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) will be published in the second half of 2023 with consultation on the strategy to commence this autumn.
More than 30 senior conservation figures have criticised the government’s planning policies for having “not caught up” with its wider pledges to protect and enhance the natural world and have highlighted an emerging local plan’s 3,500-home site allocation next to one of England’s most high-profile rewilding sites.
Planning permissions should include a legally-binding “delivery contract” setting out “an agreed contractual trajectory of housing delivery” with penalties for developers and councils that breach them, according to a think tank report that has been welcomed by the housing minister.
The number of permissions issued for tall buildings in the capital rose by 10 per cent last year to its highest-ever level, though the number of applications fell by over a quarter in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an annual survey.
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has written a joint letter to the Prime Minister co-signed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), warning that the government’s permitted development changes “present a risk for our nation’s town centres and small businesses”.
The government’s decision to proceed with controversial plans to introduce a new permitted development (PD) right allowing a range of town centre uses to convert to residential use is “unfathomable” and risks creating “slum housing”, two leading planning sector bodies have warned.
A report by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has found there to be “systemic inadequacies” regarding gender equality in the planning system and called for policies “sensitive to gender-specific needs”, including those on transport and urban design, to be incorporated into all plan-making and decision-making practices.
Central government action is needed to ensure the next wave of new communities are sustainable and of high quality, including the creation of new strategic planning arrangements outside of London, a Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) report has said.
The government should consider requiring developers building in flood risk areas to “guarantee property can be insured” via the planning system and should introduce “mandatory reporting” by councils to the Environment Agency (EA) of any consents in such locations, a report by the Parliamentary spending watchdog has recommended.
A new report by a Church of England commission has called for the government to use the planning system more “progressively” to reduce increases in land value arising from the granting of permission in order to help deliver “more truly affordable homes”.