Re-negotiation of Section 106 agreements
‘Steps to kick-start stalled development’ Concern was expressed that too much development is on hold because of economically unrealistic agreements negotiated between councils and developers at the height of the housing boom. This results in no development, no regeneration and no community benefits at all when agreements are no longer economically viable.
Government launched consultation that will allow developers to ask councils to renegotiate Section 106 obligations if they were agreed prior to April 2010. The consultation closes on 8 October.
The aim is to see as many stalled sites as possible unlocked to deliver much needed new homes.
‘Common sense’ to create more homes and boost the high street
New planning rights will allow more flats to be created above shops without the need for planning permission. Two flats will be allowed to be created in office or storage space under new permitted development rights coming into force on 1 October 2012.
Also proposed are measures to simplify the planning system further by allowing temporary re-use of some buildings without needing planning permission, streamlining the paper work needed for planning applications and speeding up planning appeal decisions.
Package of reforms to speed up the system
A set of reforms to speed up the planning system, to "cut through the bureaucracy" holding back economic growth will include:
- Applications to be decided by the Planning Inspectorate, if the local authority has a track record of consistently poor performance in the speed or quality of its decisions.
- The Planning Inspectorate has been instructed with immediate effect to divert resources to prioritise all major economic and housing related appeals
- Measures that allow developers the chance to seek additional time to get their sites up and running before planning permission expires – extended for an additional year
Permitted development rights eased for three-year period
Plans have been unveiled to relax planning rules for a three-year period to allow home owners and businesses to build larger extensions to their properties without the need for planning permission. Government is consulting on changes to "increase permitted development rights for extensions to homes and business premises in non-protected areas for a three-year period".
For a limited period, people will be able to build larger extensions on houses – by "roughly" six metres rather than the current three metres without the need for planning permission, provided the extension does not extend beyond half the garden.
Linda Wright MBA DipTP MRTPI
Town Planning Consultancy & Development Services
M: 07765 250150