By Town Legal & No 5 Chambers
The Government’s Planning For the Future and associated consultation documents raise some fundamental questions and possibilities.
In the short term: changes to the standard housing need assessment methodology, the introduction of “first homes”, increase in the small sites affordable housing requirement threshold for SME builders and expansion of the permission in principle system, all likely this year.
Beyond that, for instance:
• What now for local plans?
• What approach to housing numbers?
• Areas of growth, renewal, protection - meaning…?
• “Areas identified as Growth areas (suitable for substantial development) … automatically … granted outline planning permission for the principle of development, while automatic approvals would also be available for pre-established development types in other areas suitable for building.”
• “a fast-track for beauty”
• What now for infrastructure contributions and affordable housing?
We aim to get to what all of this is likely to mean in reality, by way of our brilliant panel:
• Chris Young QC (barrister, No 5 Chambers)
• Steve Quartermain CBE (consultant, Town Legal LLP)
• Catriona Riddell (Catriona Riddell & Associates)
• Duncan Field (partner, Town Legal LLP)
• Thea Osmund-Smith (barrister, No 5 Chambers)
• Gordon Adams (Battersea Power Station)
• Simon Ricketts (partner, Town Legal LLP)