New National Planning Policy Framework Briefing

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.’

Further delay to the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

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.

Permission in Principle

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.

Latest Planning Reform Update

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 Development Update

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.

Planning News

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”.