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Permitted Development Rights: a noxious symptom of the housing crisis

Permitted Development Rights: a noxious symptom of the housing crisis

The poor quality homes delivered through office to residential Permitted Development Rights are a symptom of a much more serious problem.

It’s time to be honest about planning gain and developer contributions

It’s time to be honest about planning gain and developer contributions

In this piece for Housing Today we explain why it's time to be honest about the slow drift of planning gain towards a system of land value capture - and how that change can be best structured.

What is planning good for? – The 50 Shades of Planning podcast

What is planning good for? – The 50 Shades of Planning podcast

In a discussion covering number versus place-making, independent reports into the planning system and even Homer Simpson, this podcast tackles the question "What is planning good for?"

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Why the Housing Delivery Test represents a flawed approach

Why the Housing Delivery Test represents a flawed approach

The Housing Delivery Test was supposed to help ensure enough new homes were being built - but the publication of the first set of results shows that the approach is flawed, as we explain in Housing Today.

The opportunities and threats of the Housing Delivery Test results

The opportunities and threats of the Housing Delivery Test results

The Housing Delivery Test was introduced by the government in 2018 with the aim of helping boost housing supply. March 2019 saw the first set of results published - and they're something of a mixed bag.

Research Paper: The Scale and Use of Developer Contributions in Greater Manchester

Research Paper: The Scale and Use of Developer Contributions in Greater Manchester

This research paper investigates the level of developer contributions paid to the ten councils that make up Greater Manchester, and how that money is then spent.

Planning for new homes: a new report from the National Audit Office

Planning for new homes: a new report from the National Audit Office

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: what is it, and what does it mean for housing supply?

The Housing Delivery Test: what is it, and what does it mean for housing supply?

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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Meet the MD: Paul Smith interviewed by Business Quarter magazine

Meet the MD: Paul Smith interviewed by Business Quarter magazine

Paul Smith, our managing director, recently spoke to Business Quarter magazine about his approach to running a strategic land promotion business.

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: Land Promotion Agreements explained

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: Land Promotion Agreements explained

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.

How the Letwin Review proposes to increase build rates on the largest development sites

How the Letwin Review proposes to increase build rates on the largest development sites

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.

Stand and Deliver – what a new appeal decision tells us about deliverability in the new NPPF

Stand and Deliver – what a new appeal decision tells us about deliverability in the new NPPF

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.

Research Paper: Green Belt, brownfield land and housing in the North West

Research Paper: Green Belt, brownfield land and housing in the North West

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.

Building new homes and tackling the housing crisis – a decade of progress?

Building new homes and tackling the housing crisis – a decade of progress?

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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Brownfield, Greenfield, Green Belt: what do they all mean?

Brownfield, Greenfield, Green Belt: what do they all mean?

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.

7 Green Belt myths – and what they mean for the housing crisis

7 Green Belt myths – and what they mean for the housing crisis

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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Will the newly updated NPPF ease rural planning rules?

Will the newly updated NPPF ease rural planning rules?

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.

New government housing targets threaten economic growth

New government housing targets threaten economic growth

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.

5 ways the new NPPF could help you get planning permission for homes

5 ways the new NPPF could help you get planning permission for homes

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.

Revised National Planning Policy Framework published

Revised National Planning Policy Framework published

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.

Northern Powerhouse Perspective – what it is, how it’s working and what success means

Northern Powerhouse Perspective – what it is, how it’s working and what success means

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.

If we want to solve the housing crisis, it’s time to re-think the Green Belt

If we want to solve the housing crisis, it’s time to re-think the Green Belt

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.

Variety is the spice of life – The Letwin Review, build rates and land promoters

Variety is the spice of life – The Letwin Review, build rates and land promoters

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.

What the future of planning could have in store for farmers

What the future of planning could have in store for farmers

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.

Developers, planners and oligarchs – the politics of the housing crisis

Developers, planners and oligarchs – the politics of the housing crisis

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?

Rethinking the Green Belt needn’t mean a planning free-for-all

Rethinking the Green Belt needn’t mean a planning free-for-all

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 isn’t radical – it’s just more tinkering

The Raynsford Review isn’t radical – it’s just more tinkering

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 to speak at RICS conference in Shrewsbury

Paul Smith to speak at RICS conference in Shrewsbury

Paul Smith, Managing Director of The Strategic Land Group, will be speaking at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ Shrewsbury Conference in July.

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How to sell your land and get best value

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How to sell your land and get best value

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.

Why the new NPPF is bad news for the North of England

Why the new NPPF is bad news for the North of England

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.

Land values, house prices and why land value capture won’t make homes cheaper

Land values, house prices and why land value capture won’t make homes cheaper

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,

Land banking developers – the inconvenient truth

Land banking developers – the inconvenient truth

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.

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How planning decisions are made

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How planning decisions are made

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.

Brownfield land registers look like a toothless strategy

Brownfield land registers look like a toothless strategy

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 Brownfield Land Registers help solve the housing crisis?

Will Brownfield Land Registers help solve the housing crisis?

Will the introduction of Brownfield Land Registers really encourage the use of more previously developed land and contribute to solving the housing crisis?

Have the courts made it easier for councils to show they are delivering enough homes?

Have the courts made it easier for councils to show they are delivering enough homes?

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.

How to change a draft local plan to include your site

How to change a draft local plan to include your site

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.

Two key failings of the Standard Method for calculating housing need

Two key failings of the Standard Method for calculating housing need

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 to speak about land promotion at RICS Regional Conference

Paul Smith to speak about land promotion at RICS Regional Conference

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 reveals plans for 8,615 new homes

Wyre Borough Council reveals plans for 8,615 new homes

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).

The Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy: Key Numbers

The Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy: Key Numbers

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.

Why the time is right to review Manchester’s Green Belt

Why the time is right to review Manchester’s Green Belt

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.

4 reasons the Local Plan process is failing to solve the housing crisis

4 reasons the Local Plan process is failing to solve the housing crisis

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.

How councils decide which sites to allocate for housing development

How councils decide which sites to allocate for housing development

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.

4 key pledges for housing and development in the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto

4 key pledges for housing and development in the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto

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.

5 key aims for housing in the Labour Party manifesto

5 key aims for housing in the Labour Party manifesto

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.

5 key proposals for housing in the Conservative Party manifesto

5 key proposals for housing in the Conservative Party manifesto

The Conservative Party manifesto identifies the housing crisis as a key challenge for the country. This post explains how it proposes to respond.

M60 Towns Development Conference: The Future for Tameside

M60 Towns Development Conference: The Future for Tameside

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: why it’s so important to the housing market

The Bank of Mum and Dad: why it’s so important to the housing market

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.

Three key checks to see if your site has development potential

Three key checks to see if your site has development potential

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.

Paul Smith to speak at M60 Towns Development Conference

Paul Smith to speak at M60 Towns Development Conference

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.

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How to get planning permission for new homes on a brownfield site

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How to get planning permission for new homes on a brownfield site

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.

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How much is my site worth?

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How much is my site worth?

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.

Why timing can be critical to your chances of planning success: Hourigan Connolly Guest Blog

Why timing can be critical to your chances of planning success: Hourigan Connolly Guest Blog

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.

It might be the best known of all planning policies but is the Green Belt fit for purpose?

It might be the best known of all planning policies but is the Green Belt fit for purpose?

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?

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: What is a five year housing land supply and why is it so important?

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: What is a five year housing land supply and why is it so important?

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?

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: What does ‘sustainable development’ really mean?

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: What does ‘sustainable development’ really mean?

'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 Greater Manchester Spatial Framework: what is it and why is it important?

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework: what is it and why is it important?

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?

11 facts that prove there is a housing crisis in England

11 facts that prove there is a housing crisis in England

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?

5 common mistakes that can slow your application: Walsingham Planning Guest Blog

5 common mistakes that can slow your application: Walsingham Planning Guest Blog

Walsingham Planning explain why submitting a planning application should be easy and provide some advice on avoiding those common mistakes which can derail it.

Theresa May to be Prime Minister: the impacts on house building

Theresa May to be Prime Minister: the impacts on house building

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 ESSENTIAL GUIDE: The Local Plan process explained in an infographic

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: The Local Plan process explained in an infographic

The Local Plan process can seem confusing and complicated. Our infographic strips away the abbreviations and legal references to show what really happens.

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How land promotion works

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How land promotion works

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 ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How the Local Plan process can help you get planning permission

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How the Local Plan process can help you get planning permission

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.

How house builders plan to increase build rates and what that means for the land market

How house builders plan to increase build rates and what that means for the land market

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.

How many councils have a Local Plan and what does that mean for housing supply?

How many councils have a Local Plan and what does that mean for 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?

Is the Green Belt really under siege from developers?

Is the Green Belt really under siege from developers?

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?

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How do I get planning permission for homes in the Green Belt?

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How do I get planning permission for homes in the Green Belt?

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.

Is the planning system to blame for the housing crisis?

Is the planning system to blame for the housing crisis?

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 ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How do I get planning permission for new homes on my field?

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How do I get planning permission for new homes on my field?

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.

Are UK housing volumes returning to pre-recession levels?

Are UK housing volumes returning to pre-recession levels?

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.

The truth about land banking and the housing crisis

The truth about land banking and the housing crisis

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?

Are empty homes the answer to the housing crisis?

Are empty homes the answer to the housing crisis?

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?

3 key changes to Neighbourhood Plans and housing

3 key changes to Neighbourhood Plans and housing

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.

Sale Completed: 140 homes at Henthorn Road, Clitheroe

Sale Completed: 140 homes at Henthorn Road, Clitheroe

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.

‘1.5 million homes needed in five years,’ says charity

‘1.5 million homes needed in five years,’ says charity

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.

New Site Secured: 3.2 acres in Penyffordd, Flintshire

New Site Secured: 3.2 acres in Penyffordd, Flintshire

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.

Revealed: Greater Manchester Green Belt to be reviewed

Revealed: Greater Manchester Green Belt to be reviewed

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.

New Site Secured: 11 acres in Sandy Lane, Bradford

New Site Secured: 11 acres in Sandy Lane, Bradford

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.

Manchester city centre poised for significant growth

Manchester city centre poised for significant growth

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.

New report reveals that councils are failing on housing supply

New report reveals that councils are failing on housing supply

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.

Government announces deadline for new Local Plans

Government announces deadline for new Local Plans

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.