Boris U-TURN – New Planning Reforms ditched!

Boris U-TURN – New Planning Reforms ditched!

10:38 AM, 27th September 2021, About 2 months ago 45

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New planning reforms set in motion by Robert Jenrick, Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings are to be scrapped.

Boris Johnson draws property industry’s ire over watered-down planning reforms. Plans aimed to curb councils’ power to oppose developments and speed up delivery of new homes in England scrapped.

Property developers have criticised the government for watering down proposals to overhaul England’s planning system, warning it could undermine Boris Johnson’s plan to build 300,000 new homes a year.

The UK prime minister’s proposals for a “once in a generation” reform of the planning system, unveiled last August, aimed to curb the power of local councils to oppose developments in an attempt to speed up the delivery of new housing and infrastructure.

Radical proposals for zoning scrapped and the controversial section 106 and CIL community infrastructure levy Andrew are discussed in all the details below:



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by M&SFAN

18:33 PM, 28th September 2021, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Andrew at 28/09/2021 - 17:51I don't know those areas well personally, but an area filling up with second homes has to be bad when local people cannot afford a first one. Perhaps snapping up picturesque old holiday homes is less wrong though than dodgy people taking over scarce land to create places nobody is even expected to live in. Really it's all wrong though, the whole planning system needs a shakeup to give local councils MORE power! 🙂

by Andrew

18:49 PM, 28th September 2021, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by M&SFAN at 28/09/2021 - 18:33
It is a disaster building a false building that is unoccupied

What changes would you suggest to change the planning system for the better

Giving councils more power for arguments sake could lead to inconsistent decisions across towns.. Being Devils advocate I guess

by Peter G

19:09 PM, 28th September 2021, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Beaver at 28/09/2021 - 09:54Many office blocks are difficult to adapt into attractive residential flats, and Councillors and Planning Officers have complained that they have no powers to check and reject conversion proposals, not even those with no-window rooms and tiny bedrooms. A reduction in VAT must be matched with enforcable demands for good-sized rooms with double/triple glazing, solar and wind power on the building, high spec insulation, fibre optic telephony and broadband, e-car charging stations, green roof gardens (if no real gardens are possible) ground source heat pumps for a communal heating service, etc. etc.

by M&SFAN

20:27 PM, 28th September 2021, About 2 months ago

Hm i'd be more bothered by some councils being more crooked than others 🙂 but there are big differences over the country so I'd stick with giving councils more say. I'd scrap the Community infrastructure Levy, take a read of it... https://www.gov.uk/guidance/community-infrastructure-levy . Local councils have had constant cuts in govt funding and under this scheme to put it crudely developers give them money so it's harder for them to oppose bad developments. I think councils should get full market price for any land or property they sell and be allowed to spend it on housing. Planning should prioritise real benefits to local people, eg reducing flood risk & utility costs, renovating or retrofitting more, not automatic newbuild, good use of open space. It should promote a sensible mix of housing types, private & public renting, serviced homes or private ownership to suit different needs. (This means giving a level playing field for small landlords). The present system has something to infuriate everyone and B Johnson is a smart enough politician not to make it even worse by provoking millions of nimbys too. I hope he's not too idle to solve the problem though 🤔

by Andrew

21:02 PM, 28th September 2021, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by M&SFAN at 28/09/2021 - 20:27
reading your response its about levelling up the playing field

Irony is that Michael Goves new departmet for Levelling Up Housing and Communities

Are you writing or predicting policy?

by Andrew

21:10 PM, 28th September 2021, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Peter G at 28/09/2021 - 19:09
Interesting Comments - not disagreeing but it isnt always the developer - they work to the rules. In the old days the rules let anything be built - nowadays tht is not possible.

The rules require adequate natural light - this is defined as a window atleast 16% the size of the floor area in every habitable room

National Space standards dictate a 1 bed 1 person Flat must be a minimum of 37 sqm - it is up to the developer how that is configured, however Often councils dictate that the bedroom must only cater for a single bed so as to comply with the 1 person 1 bed rule - a 2 person 1 bed flat requires a larger space.

Sometimes rules generate unintended consequences wouldnt you agree?

by M&SFAN

21:40 PM, 28th September 2021, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Andrew at 28/09/2021 - 21:02
Not necessarily levelled up just level with the big developers and landlord groups. I'd settle for their advantages to be removed if ours cannot be improved

by Andrew

9:29 AM, 29th September 2021, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by M&SFAN at 28/09/2021 - 21:40
I like your thinking.

What would you add to smaller developers or take away from big developers

by Beaver

18:09 PM, 30th September 2021, About 2 months ago

In terms of what would you add to smaller developers or take away from big developers.
Big developers are mostly big companies who pay 19% corporation tax.
The majority of landlords own 1-2 properties and pay both income tax and capital gains tax at their marginal rate.
It wasn't just accountants and stockbrokers who became buy-to-let landlords. It was also plumbers, electricians, gas engineers, carpenters. Working people who invested in property for their pensions because they understood it.

by Andrew

13:17 PM, 1st October 2021, About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Beaver at 30/09/2021 - 18:09
Spot on a levelling up tax is a big one. Clearly either incorporporation or using an SPV co to develop levels up that playing field for you

The VAT is a big one versus new build developers

Grants to regenerate areas should be available too what do you think

This is becoming more of a business and less of an individuals pension as a result


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