Developers to be given 'automatic' permission for houses

Developers to be given 'automatic' permission for houses

by Tom Martin (August 2020)

DEVELOPERS will be given new ‘permission in principle’ powers as part of sweeping changes to planning laws.

It means housing firms that want to build in Sefton and West Lancashire will be granted ‘automatic’ permission to carry out certain developments.

The announcement last week from the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, stated that the new measure will be given to developments on land designated "for renewal" to speed-up building.

To help decide what developments should be given greater leniency, land will be designated in one of three categories: for growth, for renewal and for protection.

Mr Jenrick explained: “We are introducing a simpler, faster, people-focused system to deliver the homes and places we need.

“Under the new process, through democratic local agreement, land will be designated in one of three categories: for growth, for renewal or for protection.

“Land designated for growth will empower development - new homes, hospitals, schools, shops and offices will be allowed automatically. People can get going.

“Renewal areas will enable much quicker development with a 'permission in principle' approach to balance speed while ensuring appropriate checks are carried out.

“And protected land will be just that - our Green Belt, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and rich heritage – will be protected as the places, views and landscapes we cherish most and passed on to the next generation as set out in our manifesto.

“Our reforms seek a more diverse and competitive housing industry, in which smaller builders can thrive alongside the big players and where planning permissions are turned into homes faster than they are today.

“Creating a new planning system isn’t a task we undertake lightly, but it is both an overdue and a timely reform. Millions of jobs depend on the construction sector and in every economic recovery, it has played a crucial role. These reforms will create thousands of new jobs, from bricklayers to architects. We are cutting red tape, but not standards. We will be driven by outcomes, not process.”

In June the Prime Minister said he wanted to “build, build, build” to help soften the economic impact of coronavirus.

However, it has led to some concerns it could lead to more ‘bad-quality’ housing and homeless charity Shelter is wary of the changes.


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