On 1st April 2021, The Ministry of Housing (MHCLG) announced that it will require Councils to support the development of unplanned exception sites to increase the delivery of discounted market homes for first-time buyers – ‘First Homes’ (i.e. on sites not allocated in the local plan). The government intend to issue a written ministerial statement and develop guidance on the requirements. No date has been set for these new measures to come into effect. It is understood that
Proposals to expand the permission in principle (PiP) regime, set out in the August 2020 ‘Changes to the Current Planning System’ consultation document, have been shelved for now. The Ministry of Housing (MHCLG) had proposed raising the PiP threshold for applications of 10 homes or less up to developments of 150 homes. The issue may be reconsidered as part of the forthcoming more extensive reforms to the planning system heralded in the White Paper last year. A full respons
The mooted temporary increase to the affordable housing threshold has been dropped. On 1st April 2021, The Ministry of Housing (MHCLG) announced that it has decided not to temporarily increase the sizes of sites which would be required to provide a proportion of affordable housing. It had been suggested in the August 2020 ‘Changes to the Current Planning System’ consultation document that the threshold might be increased from 10 to 40 or 50 dwellings.
New permitted development (PD) rights coming into force on 1 August 2021 will enable the change of use from the new Class E (Commercial, Business and Service) to residential use (Class C3). The Government hopes this change will help support housing delivery and enable more homes to be create d in town centres, however, the PD right is not restricted to premises within town centres. Use Class E was introduced last year and broadly covers the revoked Classes A1/2/3, B1, D1(a-b