Client Briefing – Housing and Planning Update 2016

  • The Housing White Paper, which is set to establish new government policy to deliver more homes, is expected end January 2017 (delayed from November 2016)

  • November’s Autumn Statement links infrastructure to housing delivery with new announcements on spending

  • The London Mayor’s draft supplementary planning guidance (SPG) on housing and viability focuses on “genuinely affordable” homes for Londoners on low and middle incomes

  • A government review confirms a clear case for the Homes and Communities Agency, with the need for a new statement of purpose 

  • Further guidance is awaited on the implementation of starter homes and the practicalities of planning permission in principle (PiPs) pursuant to the Housing and Planning Act 2016

  • The scope of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill is limited, but suggests quicker neighbourhood plan making and reduced ‘pre-commencement’ planning conditions

  • Recent legal case decisions further test the interpretation of national planning policy

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Jacqueline Mulliner
Managing Director