Section: Planning

Major overhaul to the National Planning Policy Framework launched to deliver homes

Posted 06.03.18
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A major overhaul to the National Planning Policy Framework, the first in six years, has been launched - providing a comprehensive approach for planners, developers and councils to build more homes, more quickly, in the places people want to live.

Local authorities will have a new housing delivery test focused on driving up the numbers of homes actually delivered in their area, rather than numbers planned for.

Developers will also be held to account for delivering the commitments, including affordable housing and the infrastructure needed to support communities.

More freedom will be given to local authorities to make the most of existing brownfield land to build homes that maximise density.

Redundant land will be encouraged such as under utilised retail or industrial space for homes, with more flexibilities given to extend upwards on existing blocks of flats and houses as well as shops and offices.

Emphasis will be on delivering more affordable homes that meet the housing needs of everyone wherever they are in their life, including sites dedicated for first time buyers, build to rent homes with family friendly tenancies, guaranteed affordable homes for key workers and adapted homes for older people.

Local authorities will be encouraged to work together and continue to close the gap between planning permissions granted and homes built.


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