Fixing our broken housing market

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Fixing our broken housing market

April 2017

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At least 250,000 new homes are needed each year to keep pace with the ever-increasing demand in the UK according to the government, which last month released a White Paper to examine how to ‘fix our broken housing market’. Luke Brafield believes the proposals are welcome in what can be a challenging market for both land owners and developers keen to build new homes.

Within the much-anticipated document, the government outlined a number of proposals to stimulate development in England – planning powers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are devolved to their governments and executives.

We regularly encounter areas where local authorities do and do not have an adequate five land supply, and are experienced in tailoring our advice to suit site specific requirements to ensure that much-needed housing schemes can be implemented. This is one of the areas where reform, as suggested in the White Paper, is essential.

Among the proposals were a series of reforms to the planning system, aimed at encouraging the building of new homes and removing some of the ‘red tape’ experienced by land owners and developers looking to deliver new housing schemes.

It is suggested that local planning authorities will have the opportunity to have their housing land supply agreed on an annual basis, allowing greater certainty about when adequate supply exists. The government also wants to ensure that up-to-date Local Plans are in place across England and that they are reviewed at least once every five years.

We can offer the complete solution for land owners or developers. Our dedicated National Planning and Development team has extensive experience in advice on strategic planning policy and consultation response, planning applications and appeals; promotion, option and joint venture agreements, and disposal and acquisition.

A number of schemes we have recently acted on are in build including 275 homes by Bellway in Ashby de la Zouch, 145 properties in Ledsham, Cheshire by Redrow as well as 220 dwellings in Silverstone, Northampton and 140 in Shefford, Bedfordshire both by Bovis Homes.

The market remains buoyant in good market areas and we have recently acted on the disposal of sites to Jelson for 150 units in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, 50 dwellings to be built by Mulberry Developments in Great Bowden, Leicestershire and a further 252 homes in Mickleover, Derbyshire by Bloor Homes.

For more information, please contact Luke Brafield on 07468 860081 or email here or Liberty Stones on 07918 628991 or email here

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