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

Sir Oliver Letwin has been tasked by the government with understanding why there is a gap between the number of homes for which planning permission is granted, and the number which are actually built. In his final report, published in October, he has set out how that could be done.
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5 ways the new NPPF could help you get planning permission for homes

The new National Planning Policy Framework – known as the NPPF – which was published in June 2018, is the starting point for how every local plan should be written and every planning decision made. The changes that have been introduced from the original 2012 version are in large part aimed at ensuring more new […]
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Northern Powerhouse Perspective – what it is, how it’s working and what success means

The Northern Powerhouse was launched in June 2014 by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. At the time, he described the cities of the North as “individually strong, but collectively not strong enough. The whole is less than the sum of its parts.”
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What the future of planning could have in store for farmers

Securing planning permission on agricultural land can be extremely difficult, whether that is for an extension, a single dwelling or a large scale development. Recently, however, the government has consulted on a range of new planning policies which could see it become easier to secure approval for a variety of development types.
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Land values, house prices and why land value capture won’t make homes cheaper

Recent media coverage has focused on how the housing crisis could be solved if only land values could be reduced. Lowering land values would mean the price of new homes would fall, making housing more affordable. As attractive as that may sound, it gets the problem backwards – high house prices are the cause of […]
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Will Brownfield Land Registers help solve the housing crisis?

In April 2017, the government announced the introduction of Brownfield Land Registers. Their purpose is to encourage more brownfield sites to be developed for housing. The deadline for putting Registers in place is 31 December, so we’re beginning to see them produced. But will they make a difference to the housing crisis?
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Two key failings of the Standard Method for calculating housing need

One of the challenges the government has identified in tackling the housing crisis is the way in which councils determine how many homes they need to build. In an effort to address that, the government is currently consulting on a new “Standard Method” for calculating housing need. This post explains what is proposed, and identifies […]
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4 reasons the Local Plan process is failing to solve the housing crisis

The government introduced the National Planning Policy Framework in 2012. One of its key objectives was to address the housing crisis by significantly boosting the supply of new homes. Every year since then, property consultancy Savills has produced a report looking at how councils are performing. Their latest review doesn’t paint a pretty picture. Here […]
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5 key proposals for housing in the Conservative Party manifesto

18 May saw the launch of the Conservative Party’s manifesto for the upcoming General Election. The housing crisis and housing supply feature prominently in its 88 pages. This post identifies the five central themes of Conservative policy for the housing market and development industry, and what that might mean for you.
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The Bank of Mum and Dad: why it’s so important to the housing market

The Centre for Economics and Business Research have published their latest report for Legal and General examining the importance of the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ in helping people buy homes in the UK. But how crucial is its role, and what does that tell us about the state of the housing market? This blog explains.
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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 event will be considering what the future holds for the towns located around the M60 motorway in Greater Manchester. That questions is particularly poignant this year given the […]
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Why timing can be critical to your chances of planning success: Hourigan Connolly Guest Blog

Securing planning permission is generally about the right site in the right location but get the timing wrong and prospects can be ruined. In this post, Hourigan Connolly explain some of the issues you may encounter and the significant impact they might have on your chances of success.
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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? This post explains.
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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: What does ‘sustainable development’ really mean and why is it so important?

‘Sustainable development’ is described as the ‘golden thread’ running through planning policy in England. The planning system is based on the presumption that development which is sustainable should be allowed to take place. But what exactly is sustainable development? This blog explains.
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5 common mistakes that can slow down your planning application: Walsingham Planning Guest Blog

In theory, the process of submitting a planning application and it working its way through the determination process should be ‘relatively’ straightforward. However, based on the complexities and intricacies of the process, which can vary from one local authority area to another, significant caution and care is required if the process is to work in […]
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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: The Local Plan process explained in an infographic

The process of preparing a new Local Plan can seem complicated and confusing even to some development professionals. The Local Plan diagrams that you often find on council’s websites don’t usually help much either. Our infographic strips away the abbreviations and legal terminology and shows the process is actually quite straightforward.
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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE: How the Local Plan process can help you get planning permission

The planning system can seem complicated at the best of times and the process for preparing a new Local Plan is no exception. But it can provide a crucial opportunity to secure development on your land through an approach called land promotion. This blog explains how you can do it.
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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. This is intended to help the government meet its target of delivering 1 million new homes by 2020. This blog explains how developers plan to do that, and what the impacts might be for the land market.
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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. Given they are so important, you would expect every council to have one in place. But do they? And what impact does the Local Plan have on the supply of new […]
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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. This post explores the different approaches you can take.
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New Site: Penyffordd, Flintshire

The Strategic Land Group have entered into a new Planning Promotion Agreement with the owners of a 3.2 acre site in Penyffordd, Flintshire in North Wales. Currently used for agricultural purposes, but falling between the existing settlement and the A550 bypass, the site represents an excellent opportunity to deliver much needed new homes in the village. […]
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