The Environmental Bill looking to improve biodiversity with developers – post Brexit?!

 

“The Queen’s Speech was made on 14th October 2019 and amongst a myriad of pledges, policies and statements across all areas, The Environment Bill was announced.  Suitably vague, and as the Government cannot command a majority (and is still trying to deal with Brexit), no date has been set for a second reading which would begin to turn this statement into legislation.

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Planning fee refunds for delayed decisions

 

Yesterday, Esther McVey, the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, told the Evening Standard that property firms would receive planning application fee refunds if councils took too long to determine planning applications.

This means, in her words, that planning departments “are held to account.” In addition, she stated that “we are looking at some of the things we can do to make planning smoother, faster, more effective.”

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British Housebuilding Industry – House of Commons Debate

 

On Thursday (5th September 2019) the House of Commons was subject of a Backbench debate on the British housebuilding industry.

Called by Siobhain McDonagh, Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden, a background of housing supply, affordability and homelessness was presented to MPs. Thereafter, a detailed expose of the10 housebuilders in the FTSE 350 index was highlighted, concentrating heavily on the 4 housebuilders who are also in the FTSE 100 index. Matters such as landbanks, Chief Executive pay/bonuses, housing completions, and affordable housing provision were discussed.

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Must planning committees follow officers advice in reaching decisions?

 

In the news…

The House of Commons research team has issued a document to help answer this question.  Whilst most in the development industry will be aware of the machinations, suspense and in some cases surprising manner in which planning committees reach their decisions, this document offers a step by step guide to those in this industry and the wider public.  In addition, it rolls out many facts and statements such as:

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‘British housebuilding industry’ – House of Commons to debate

 

British housing debate

British housebuilding news…

**Latest news**

3rd September –  British housebuilding industry – House of Commons debate

With the matter of Brexit appearing to have subsumed all political discourse, I am pleased to report that the House of Commons is still scheduled to debate a motion on the British housebuilding industry this Thursday, 5th September – perhaps MPs will see this debate as welcome respite?

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Boris Johnson has a new look for housing

 

Boris Johnson began his attempt to energise the country with a significant government reshuffle and that included a new look for housing.

Take a look…

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)

Robert Jenrick MP has replaced James Brokenshire in his role as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The Rt.Hon Esther McVey MP has replaced Kit Malthouse in her role as Minister of State.

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Prime Minister lays down in front of bulldozers in an attempt to stop third runway…

 

Will we see headlines like this soon?

‘Prime Minister lays down in front of bulldozers in an attempt to stop third runway…’

Boris Johnson has now ‘landed’ the role of Prime Minister. Having ‘taken off’ for Afganistan back in June, he missed the day of the government’s key vote on a third runway at Heathrow. With a strong standpoint on the new development could we see Boris be a man of his word?

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Legal Beagle – August 2019 edition

 

11 casework reviews – Allowed or Dismissed?

Welcome to the Urbanissta Legal Beagle’s casework reviews – we’re tracking the decisions on proposed developments to see what precedents have been set in recent judgements and decisions that might be useful to you, day-to-day.

Here are 11 recent planning appeals, giving you insights into the latest precedents:

Case 1:

LB Lambeth v SoS for Housing Communities and Local Government and Others
[2019] UKSC 33

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The Financial viability in planning: conduct and reporting 1st edition 2019

 

The Financial viability in planning: conduct and reporting professional statement (1st edition) sets out 14 mandatory requirements which chartered surveyors must comply to when carrying out financial viability assessments in planning. The effective date when those processes need to be conducted by will be the 1st of September 2019.

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‘Land for the many’ – New Labour Party Report contemplates sweeping changes to land policy

 

A new report commissioned by the Labour Party has proposed a number of wide-ranging changes to the land policy in Britain. Authored by a range of academics, economists and land experts, the report argues that many of the problems this country faces are down to land ownership and the way land is controlled being central to many of the existing socio-economic problems in Britain such as economic inequality, ecological breakdown, the housing crisis and repeated financial crisis.

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