The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have recently made several announcements relating to planning contained within a document entitled ‘Planning for the Future’.
The key headlines are:
Future Homes Standard
A new standard for design and construction of new homes is to be introduced from 2025 which will require reduction of up to 80% carbon emissions for all new homes.
To achieve these goals the Government will bring forward a series of major publications and introduce legislation to deliver lasting change. The first of those publications will be a Planning White Paper which is scheduled to be published in the Spring (delayed from last Autumn) which is designed to “modernise” the planning system. Alongside the white paper, a building safety bill will be introduced and a renters’ reform bill to provide greater stability for those who rent their homes.
Other headlines will include:
Oxford to Cambridge Arc
The Government said it is backing the creation of a growth corridor within the Oxford to Cambridge Arc including a new spatial framework which will show where new housing and employment will be delivered up to 2050. Further examination is going to be undertaken for the creation of up to four new development corporations within the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, likely to be located close to Bedford, St Neots/Sandy, Cambourne and Cambridge.
In terms of delivery of new homes, the Government will require all local planning authorities to have up to date Local Plans by December 2023. Alongside that measure, the housing delivery test threshold will be increased to 75% in November 2020 which will further incentivise local authorities to deliver on their Local Plans. The Government is also looking at reforming the New Homes Bonus whereby authorities who deliver the most homes are rewarded.
Whilst at this stage, most of the detail relating to these initiatives is awaited, it is encouraging to see an ambitious programme being set out. The Planning White Paper will be instrumental in understanding how these initiatives are to likely to be delivered and we will report on it when it is published.Back to articles