It has long been a frustrating conundrum for planning professionals and developers alike. You’ve been through the lengthy and often challenging process of securing an outline permission, followed by a further application for Reserved Matters before you can even think about getting a shovel in the ground. What if, through end user preferences, design evolution or financial changes, you need to make some small changes to your scheme? That shouldn’t be a problem, should it?
The controversial and long-awaited Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (“GMSF”) was revealed on Monday 7 January 2019 with leaders agreeing, at the joint GMCA and AGMA Executive Board meeting on Friday 11 January, to open an eight week consultation period on the new GMSF. The consultation will start on 21 January and end on 18 March 2019.
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is a process that aims to improve the environmental design of a proposed development and to provide decision-makers with sufficient information about the environmental effects of implementing a project to allow an informed decision to be made.
The last iteration of the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) used the 2012-based DCLG Household Projections from 2012-2035 to inform its Objectively Assessed Housing Need (OAN).
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the 2016-based Household Projections on 20 September 2018. These Household Projections coupled with the Population Projections, which were released in May 2018, could have far reaching implications for the next version of the GMSF.
Some five months on from first consulting on the draft Framework, the Government has now finally published its response in conjunction with the updated policy document. The very first sentence in the Government’s response paper states that ‘our broken housing market is one of the greatest barriers to progress in Britain today’ and ‘…we need to build many more of the right homes in the right places, whilst protecting the environment and providing the facilities and opportunities communities need.’
The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) has been delayed for the third time with an intention to publish the next version in October 2018. Emerging reports of the delay began in June, however, the official statement was made by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on 3 July 2018.
A new consent route has been introduced to enable applications to be made for Permission in Principle (PiP) for small-scale, housing-led development. Legislation for the procedure was first published in the Town and Country Planning (Permission in Principle) (Amendment) Order 2017 and was officially implemented on Friday 1 June 2018. This represents an addition to the existing PiP route in which local authorities grant PiP for housing-led development on previously developed land through brownfield land registers.
At a time when Brexit seems to be the only topic on the Government’s agenda, attention has been turned back to issues closer to home, notably the on-going housing crisis and the policy response to 2017’s Housing White Paper.
Liverpool City Council has outlined its proposed measures to protect its World Heritage Site status.
The Council, along with the government and Historic England, has drafted the Desired State of Conservation Report (DSOCR), which went to the Council’s Cabinet 23 February for endorsement before being submitted to Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for subsequent examination by the World Heritage Committee in July.
Yesterday saw the publication of the Government’s long anticipated White Paper on Housing, titled “Fixing our broken housing market”. The Paper announces that the “broken housing market is one of the greatest barriers to progress in Britain today” and in order to build a stronger and fairer Britain, there is a need to “break down these barriers by taking difficult decisions that are right for Britain in the long term”.