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That National Audit Office have recently reviewed how the English planning system influences the supply of new homes. Here's what they concluded.
The Housing Delivery Test was introduced in the summer of 2018 with the explicit aim of boosting the supply of new homes. This post explains how it intends to do that - and how well it is working so far.
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Paul Smith, our managing director, recently spoke to Business Quarter magazine about his approach to running a strategic land promotion business.
Promotion Agreements are an increasingly common way for land owners to get the help and support they need to get planning permission on their land. Here's why.
The Letwin Review has set out proposals for increasing the speed at which homes are delivered on the largest development sites. This post explains how.
A recent appeal decision has highlighted how a recent change in national planning policy could impact on the ability of councils to show they are delivering enough homes.
This research paper investigates the use of Green Belt and brownfield land for housing development in the North West of England. Learn more and understand our opinion.
The Strategic Land Group celebrated its tenth birthday in October - how far things have come during the last decade in terms of tackling the housing crisis?
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When talking about development, we often use terms like brownfield, greenfield and Green Belt to describe sites. Yet their meaning - at least in a planning sense - might not be as straightforward as it appears.
The Green Belt is the most widely recognised part of the planning system - yet it is also one of the most misunderstood. Our article for Building magazine explains why.
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Getting planning permission for new homes in rural communities can be extremely challenging - in this article for The Farmers Mart we explain how recent changes to planning policy could help.
The new NPPF makes ambition discretionary for local authorities and this could impact on economic success. We wrote this article for Housebuilder magazine explaining why.
The new National Planning Policy Framework is aimed at tackling the housing crisis - here are 5 ways it could help you get planning permission for new homes.
In July 2018, the government published the long-awaited update of the National Planning Policy Framework which sets out the basis on which all planning decisions in England should be made.
Paul Smith speaks to Insider magazine about the Northern Powerhouse - including how it could benefit the region, the impact of directly elected Metro Mayors, and what progress is actually being made.
The Green Belt is the most widely recognised part of the planning system – and one of the most misunderstood. If we want to solve the housing crisis, we need to think again about its role.
The interim report from the Letwin Review, published in late June, points to an important role for land promoters in helping to address the housing crisis.
Government consultations on new planning policies could make it easier for farmers to secure planning permission for development of all scales. Our article in the Farmers Guardian explains how.
No one seems immune from blame for the housing crisis - the finger of blame is pointed variously at developers, planners, landlords and oligarchs. But is politics culpable too?
Is the Green Belt a major contributor to the housing crisis that should be abolished, or absolutely essential to stop the countryside being lost? We reveal all in our article for Building magazine.
The Raynsford Review was intended to be a fundamental review of the planning system in England. In this article for Property Week we explain what the interim report looks set to deliver.
Paul Smith, Managing Director of The Strategic Land Group, will be speaking at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ Shrewsbury Conference in July.
If you have a site that you think might be suitable for a new housing development, you might consider selling to realise that value - but that might not be as simple as it sounds.
The government's proposed changes to the planning system are designed to boost the supply of new homes. Yet as they're currently proposed, it seems likely the reforms will hamper growth in the North.
The housing crisis could be solved so long as we can find a way to push down land values, right? As attractive as that may sound, it gets the problem backwards - we explain why and what that means for policy,
What is land banking? How could it be affecting the housing crisis? And does it really happen? Paul Smith, managing director of The Strategic Land Group, explains in this article for Building Magazine.
At times the planning system can feel like something of a lottery however, despite appearances, there is a strict process that councils should follow when applications are decided.
When the government introduced Brownfield Land Registers they were intended to be a tool to boost housing supply. But how they were supposed to work, and how well are they doing?
Will the introduction of Brownfield Land Registers really encourage the use of more previously developed land and contribute to solving the housing crisis?
A recent Appeal Court judgement might make it easier for council's to prove they are delivering enough homes - without needing to grant more permissions.
If your site isn’t one of those the council is proposing for development in a new local plan, how can you change their mind? This post explains what you need to do.
The government is proposing a new, simple way of calculating housing need that it is calling the "Standard Method". This post explains why it will fail.
Paul Smith, Managing Director of The Strategic Land Group, will be speaking at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors North West Conference in November.
Wyre Borough Council has published a draft of their new Local Plan for consultation. The Plan, which covers the period until 2031, includes proposals to deliver 8,615 new homes (or about 411 a year).
Cheshire East Council have finally adopted their new Local Plan Strategy which will guide development in the borough until 2030. Our infographic reveals all the key numbers you need to know.
The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework proposes to release land from the Green Belt so enough new homes can be built. This post explains why that's right.
New research from Savills has revealed that the local plan process is failing to address the housing crisis. This post explains why and what the consequences will be.
A crucial role for councils is to identify enough land to deliver the number of new homes they need as part of the Local Plan process. This post explains exactly how they choose which sites should be developed.
The Liberal Democrat manifesto sets out 4 key pledges that they believe will solve the housing crisis. This post explains what they are and if they'll work.
The Labour Party have published their manifesto for the General Election. This post explains its 6 key proposals for the housing market and development industry.
The Conservative Party manifesto identifies the housing crisis as a key challenge for the country. This post explains how it proposes to respond.
Our managing director, Paul Smith, recently presented to the M60 Town's Conference about the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework and its importance to the future of Tameside.
The Bank of Mum and Dad now plays a critical role in helping people buy their first home. We explain what it is and exactly why it's so important.
There's a lot to think about when you're trying to decide if your site has development potential - but here are three simple checks that will help you decide whether your site is worth investigating further.
The Managing Director of The Strategic Land Group, Paul Smith, is set to appear as a speaker at the forthcoming M6o Towns Development Conference organised by Place North West.
As more development is carried out on greenfield sites, there is growing pressure to build more new homes on brownfield sites. But how do you go about doing that? This post explains.
One of the most common questions that land owners raise is how much their site is likely to be worth with planning permission. Here is how you can go about it - and some pitfalls you need to avoid.
Hourigan Connolly explain why securing planning permission is generally about the right site in the right location but that getting the timing wrong can ruin your prospects.
As the housing crisis increases the pressure to build new homes in the Green Belt, is it still fit for purpose or does it need a wholesale national review?
Planning applications for residential development are often justified by saying that the council doesn’t have a “five year supply of housing land.” But what does that mean exactly? And why is it so critical?
'Sustainable development' is described as the 'golden thread' running through planning policy in England. Development which is sustainable is presumed to be acceptable - but what exactly does that mean?
The ten local authorities that make up Greater Manchester are working together to produce a new plan that could transform the region. But what exactly is it and why is it so important?
Recent changes to the planning system have been based on the assumption that we're in the midst of a housing crisis. But what is the evidence that a housing crisis even exists?
Walsingham Planning explain why submitting a planning application should be easy and provide some advice on avoiding those common mistakes which can derail it.
It’s all but official. Our new Prime Minister looks set to be Theresa May. With any change in leader comes a change in policy, so what does that mean for the home building industry?
The Local Plan process can seem confusing and complicated. Our infographic strips away the abbreviations and legal references to show what really happens.
Land promotion is am increasingly popular way for land owners to secure planning permission and the sale of their land without having to take on the cost and risk.
The Local Plan process provides a critical opportunity to secure planning consent for new development on your land. This post explains how to go about it.
The house building industry recently announced plans to increase the speed at which they build new homes to help the government meet its aim of boosting housing supply.
Local Plans are central to the planning system in England and Wales - they are the basis on which every planning decision should be made. But does every council have one?
It’s that time of year when the Campaign to Protect Rural England publishes statistics about development in the Green Belt and loudly proclaims that it is under siege from developers. But is that really true?
Getting planning permission for housing development on Green Belt sites is one of the hardest objectives to achieve under our planning system. - but it is possible if you go about it in the right way.
Blame for the housing crisis in England is often laid at the door of the planning system, with accusations it is too difficult to secure planning permission. But is that view supported by the facts?
The national and local press is always full of stories about new housing developments on green fields and arable land, while the increase in land value can be dramatic.
With so many government initiatives aimed at boosting the supply of new homes, are we starting to see housing volumes increase or are they still stagnating? Let’s look at what the facts show us.
Developers are often accused of restricting the supply of homes to boost profits - and causing the housing crisis. Such accusations of 'land banking' resurface every few months, but does it really happen?
If only we could bring the huge number of empty homes back into use, we're told, the housing crisis would be soled. But is bringing them back into use realistic? And will it even help the housing crisis?
A recent update to the Planning Practice Guidance has introduced three new changes to the way Neighbourhood Plans deliver housing. We explain what they are and how they will impact house building.
The Strategic Land Group have completed the sale of the first phase of their development site at Henthorn Road in Clitheroe to Carlisle-based developer Story Homes.
New research from the Town and Country Planning Association into the housing crisis facing England has revealed that 312,000 homes a year are needed over the next five years to keep pace with demand.
The Strategic Land Group have entered into a new Land Promotion Agreement with the owners of a 3.2 acre site in Penyffordd, Flintshire in North Wales. The site will be promoted for housing development.
A new report has revealed that the Greater Manchester Green Belt is set to be reviewed to allow the region to grow significantly over the coming years. Here's why - and how you could benefit.
The Strategic Land Group have agreed to work with the owners of a Green Belt site in Sandy Lane to promote it for housing development through the Bradford Local Plan.
BNY Mellon has published a new report considering the growth prospects for Manchester over the next 10 years - and what that might mean for development planning.
A new research report by consultant Turley has revealed how many councils are failing to deliver the minimum number of new homes that they are required to by the government.
To encourage councils to put up-to-date Local Plans in place, the government have announced the introduction of deadlines - and if council's don't deliver, the government will step in.
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- Planning for new homes: a new report from the National Audit Office
- The Housing Delivery Test: what is it, and what does it mean for housing supply?
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- Meet the MD: Paul Smith interviewed by Business Quarter magazine
- THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: Land Promotion Agreements explained
- How the Letwin Review proposes to increase build rates on the largest development sites
- Stand and Deliver - what a new appeal decision tells us about deliverability in the new NPPF
- Research Paper: Green Belt, brownfield land and housing in the North West
- Building new homes and tackling the housing crisis - a decade of progress?
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- Brownfield, Greenfield, Green Belt: what do they all mean?
- 7 Green Belt myths - and what they mean for the housing crisis
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- Will the newly updated NPPF ease rural planning rules?
- New government housing targets threaten economic growth
- 5 ways the new NPPF could help you get planning permission for homes
- Revised National Planning Policy Framework published
- Northern Powerhouse Perspective - what it is, how it's working and what success means
- If we want to solve the housing crisis, it's time to re-think the Green Belt
- Variety is the spice of life - The Letwin Review, build rates and land promoters
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