The Prime Minister has launched a plan for a “green industrial revolution”, including a quadrupling of offshore wind energy generation by 2030, an expansion of nuclear energy and a ‘transformation’ of national infrastructure to support electric vehicles.
The government has revealed that it wants to see a quarter of affordable housing delivered via developer contributions dedicated to a new form of discounted market homes for first-time buyers. But the move has prompted concerns that other forms of affordable housing and development viability could be adversely affected.
Housing minister Christopher Pincher has stressed that local councils still have a key role in determining the overall numbers as well as the locations of new homes in their areas, in a defence of the government’s proposed revisions to its standard method of assessing housing need.
Plans for a road link that cuts through the West Yorkshire green belt and aims to unlock 2,500 homes in Bradford have hit a hitch after councillors failed to endorse a procurement strategy for the new route.
The Treasury has confirmed that the forthcoming planning white paper will be published later this month, while the long-delayed National Infrastructure Strategy will now be published in the autumn.
Measures to allow inspectors to simultaneously use written representations, hearings and inquiries when deciding a planning appeal have been announced by the government.
The Commons housing, communities and local government select committee will consider calling for an inquiry into Robert Jenrick’s controversial decision to approve a 1,500-home scheme in east London, the body’s chair has told Planning.
The government is considering a “zonal planning system” where “key decisions will be taken from local councils and handed to development corporations” and has convened an expert panel to look into “very substantive changes” to the planning system, press reports at the weekend have claimed.
The government’s proposed First Homes initiative will impact on the ability of councils “to meet all types of housing need through the planning system” and “undermines the local plan-led approach”, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has warned.
Former housing ministry chief planner Steve Quartermain has said the introduction of new permitted development (PD) rights has been given “over-attention” by the government during his tenure, describing them as an “obsession for some”.