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TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING (EIA) REGULATIONS 2017


England, Scotland and Wales have now transposed the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (2014/52/EU) into domestic law. Whilst the EIA process remains broadly the same as that set out in previous sets of EIA Regulations, there are some notable changes that developers and determining authorities need to be aware of, including a couple of minor amendments to the draft Regulations that were consulted on in December 2016 and one unintended change to the screening thresholds


Housing White Paper


The widely anticipated Housing White Paper (HWP) was published on 7 February 2017. The primary aim of the Government’s Housing White Paper is to boost housing supply. The proposals tabled apply to England only given housing and planning policy is devolved to home nations.

INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY – GREEN PAPER


On Monday 23 January 2017, the Government published a green paper (consultation document), which sets out a new approach for the economic future of the UK, focused on increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country. In Theresa’s May first regional Cabinet meeting in the north-west, she outlined a new vision for a modern British industrial plan, which will create the conditions for businesses to grow following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union in 2016. The document focuses on new industries such as: life-sciences; low carbon emission vehicles; industrial digitalisation; creative sector and the nuclear industry and draws on lessons from other countries as well as our past in order to set out the UK’s future approach to industry. There are 38 key questions the Government seeks responses on; consultation runs until 17 April 2017.

Consultation on proposed changes to the EIA Regulations for planning and major infrastructure projects

On 14 December 2016 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) released the technical consultation on plans for amending the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations for planning and major infrastructure. The consultation ends on 01 February 2017. The changes are required to transpose the 2014 amendments to the EIA Directive (2014/52/EU) into English law, a process that needs to be completed on or before 16 May 2017.

Greater London Authority – Affordable Housing and Viability SPG


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, has released his highly anticipated ‘Homes for All Londoners – Draft Affordable Housing and Viability Supplementary Planning Guidance’ (SPG). This document sets out the Mayor’s approach to viability in planning applications, setting out a ‘threshold’ approach to viability, detailed guidance on viability assessments and further detail on ‘Build to Rent’ schemes. The document sets out the Mayor’s commitment to a long-term strategic aim of achieving 50% affordable homes across London. 

Autumn Statement 2016 

On 23 November 2016, the government published its Autumn Statement. This briefing note provides a high level summary of key points relating to planning; it should be noted that there were no announcements that would amend planning regulation. It is anticipated that further information will be contained within the Housing White Paper, which will be released in due course. This will be the last Autumn Statement; the Chancellor has announced that the Budget shall be moved to the Autumn from next year.

Greater Manchester Spatial Framework

Under the devolved new legal powers, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is currently preparing the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF). The document is a joint Development Plan Document, prepared by 10 Local Planning Authorities in Greater Manchester (Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan) and sets out the approach to housing and employment land across the city region over the next 20 years.  


New London Plan – Direction of Travel Document: City for All Londoners


The recently elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has taken the first steps towards creating a new London Plan by publishing the ‘City for All Londoners’ document. This document acts as a ‘direction of travel’ for the key proposals to be included as part of the new London Plan, as well as outlining the challenges and opportunities that City Hall face across specific policy areas in order to secure positive growth for the city. The document is open for consultation until 11 December 2016.  


GLA Zero Carbon Homes Policy


The Greater London Authority (GLA) introduced a Zero Carbon Homes Policy on 1 October 2016 for all new Major Housing Schemes - housing developers within London should take note.


REVIEW OF THE SCOTTISH PLANNING SYSTEM: SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT RESPONSE

On 31 May 2016, an independent planning review panel appointed by the Scottish Government published their report "Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places". The report outlines the panel’s consideration of six key themes and sets out 48 recommendations designed to rationalise, improve and modernise the Scottish planning system.

EMPOWERING PLANNING TO DELIVER GREAT PLACES – AN INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE SCOTTISH PLANNING SYSTEM

The Scottish Government commissioned a review of the Scottish planning system in September 2015. An independent panel appointed by the Scottish Government has published a report summarising forty eight recommendations based on 391 responses to a Call for Evidence. ‘Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places’ and a statement from the panel were published on 31 May 2016.

Scottish Parliament Elections 2016: Planning Headlines

The Scottish National Party (SNP) claimed a ‘historic’ victory on the 6 May 2016 to win a third consecutive Scottish Parliament election with 63 seats.

A NEW MAYOR OF LONDON: DELIVERING NEW HOMES?

Sadiq Khan was confirmed as the new Mayor of London on 6 May 2016. In his campaign he made tackling the housing crisis one of his priorities, saying that he will build more homes for Londoners each year.

 

NEW PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS

The Government is bringing in a number of further amendments to 'permitted development rights' in England, under which planning permission is not required for certain conversions and changes of use.

IMPLEMENTATION OF PLANNING REFORMS IN ENGLAND


The government has published a consultation on its proposed approach to the implementation of a range of measures in the Housing and Planning Bill, which is currently making its way through Parliament. All apply to England only.

CONSULTATION ON UPWARD EXTENSIONS IN LONDON

The current housing crisis which exists within the UK, and in particular London, is well documented. In response, the government and the Mayor of London have launched a joint consultation on proposed reforms which would offer greater freedom to ‘build up’ and therefore to create higher density residential developments in the capital.

 

THE HOUSING AND PLANNING BILL AND OTHER PROPOSED PLANNING REFORMS

Whilst the Conservative Party conference came and went without any of the anticipated announcements on planning reform and measures to boost housing delivery, the following week saw an announcement from the Prime Minister that the Government would take forward a range of new initiatives in England, with a Housing and Planning Bill following shortly afterwards.

CIL: April 2015 Deadline

A transitional period, during which local planning authorities were invited to begin introducing CIL, comes to an end on 6 April 2015. After that date, those local planning authorities which have not implemented CIL will find that their ability to seek contributions from developers to pay for new infrastructure is much reduced.

Further Planning Reform

The last full week of March saw the Government lay before Parliament a number of pieces of secondary legislation, which will bring into effect a range of changes upon which it had consulted in 2014. New housing standards and other guidance have also been published.

Further Alterations to the London Plan

On 10 March 2015, the Mayor of London published Further Alterations to the London Plan (FALP). These now form part of the London Plan and, along with the rest of the plan, will inform the preparation of planning policy by London Boroughs as well as decisions on planning applications in the capital.

London Housing Zones

Alongside the long-term economic plan, the Mayor of London also announced the first of nine new Housing Zones for London: areas in which housing delivery will be supported through new partnership working, policy interventions and new funding. We take a look at the new Housing Zones.

Planning Briefings Archive

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Consultation on proposed changes to the EIA Regulations for planning and major infrastructure projects


On 14 December 2016 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) released the technical consultation on plans for amending the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations for planning and major infrastructure. The consultation ends on 01 February 2017. The changes are required to transpose the 2014 amendments to the EIA Directive (2014/52/EU) into English law, a process that needs to be completed on or before 16 May 2017.

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