2020 Housing Delivery Test results impact planning policy at Dorset authorities

England: The Government have just published the 2020 Housing Delivery Test (HDT) results for English local authorities. The purpose of the table is to track how each Local Planning Authority is doing in terms of its housing delivery, and expose those which are failing. The implications of the HDT 2020 results […]

Pure Town Planning save over £200,000 in affordable housing contributions for our clients

England: Following the Court of Appeal judgement in May 2016 to allow the reinstatement of the Government’s national 10-unit affordable housing threshold to its Planning Practice Guidance, we have been very busy renegotiating extant planning permissions for our clients to remove previously agreed affordable housing contributions. Through our expert use of […]

Government’s Planning Practice Guidance updated with 10-unit affordable housing threshold

England: Following their success in the Court of Appeal as we reported last week, the Government has returned the national 10-unit affordable housing threshold to its Planning Practice Guidance making it clear to Council’s that this is once again adopted Government policy which they must take into account in making […]

Court of Appeal OVERTURNS West Berks and Reading judgement – 10-unit affordable threshold is back

England: The Court of Appeal has just handed down judgement in the Governments’s appeal against the West Berkshire and Reading judicial review judgement of 31 July 2015 (see our post here). The appeal has been allowed which reverses the original judgement thus effectively reinstating the Government’s policies which were originally introduced […]

Office to residential permitted development rights confirmed as permanent

England: After much speculation, permitted development rights to allow the conversion of offices (Use Class B1(a)) to residential (Use Class C3) have been made permanent by the Government with effect from 6 April 2016. Temporary permitted development rights allowing the conversion of office buildings were first introduced by coalition Government in 2013 […]

UPDATED: Office to residential permitted development rights to become permanent

England: In a statement made yesterday, the Government has announced that the temporary permitted development right allowing the change of use of offices to residential dwellings will definitely now be made permanent. Further details have been provided today in the form of a statement by Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis. […]

Government seek to appeal affordable homes threshold ruling

England: The government has been given permission by the Court of Appeal to appeal to it against the recent High Court ruling that struck down the national 10-unit affordable threshold. The judgement (which we reported here) issued in July resulted in the quashing of the government’s 8-month old policy that residential schemes of […]

National 10-unit affordable threshold struck down by court ruling

England: In a surprise High Court ruling issued on Friday (31 July) the Government’s policy for a national affordable housing threshold (of 10-units or 1000 sqm), which was introduced back in November, has been quashed. The policy no longer applies effective immediately. In the same decision the vacant building credit is […]

Legal challenge to new 10-unit affordable housing threshold policy

England: So it seems West Berkshire and Reading Borough Councils have taken the plunge and applied to the High Court for a Judicial Review of the Government’s new 10-unit affordable housing threshold policy introduced at the end of November (see our report on that policy here). We don’t have details of […]

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