Queen’s speech brings further planning changes

A new Housing Bill was announced in today’s Queen’s Speech with plans to change housing and planning legislation to support housing growth and to simplify and speed up the neighbourhood planning system.

The government’s briefing note says one of the main benefits of the bill would be “ensuring local people have more control over planning”.

The Government plans on housing supply include

  • To introduce a statutory register for brownfield land, to help achieve the target of getting Local Development Orders in place on 90% of suitable brownfield sites by 2020.
  • To simplify and speed up the neighbourhood planning system, to support communities that seek to meet local housing and other development needs through neighbourhood planning. .
  • To give effect to other changes to housing and planning legislation that would support housing growth.”

Briefing note page 28 

According to the  briefing note, the bill would enable controversial plans to extend the Right to Buy to housing association tenants.  It would also require local planning authorities to support custom and self-builders registered in their area in “identifying suitable plots of land to build or commission their own home”.  Planning resource

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