On 24 July, the government published the long-awaited revision of the National Planning Policy Framework – known as the NPPF – which sets out the basis on which all planning decisions in England should be made.
The Green Belt is the most recognisable part of the English planning system, and the most hotly debated too. Is it a major contributor to the housing crisis that should be abolished, or absolutely essential to stop the countryside disappearing beneath a sea of concrete?
On the 5 March, the government began a consultation on a number of reforms to the planning system. The main aim of these changes was to tackle the housing crisis by finally building enough homes to meet demand. When taken in the round, however, the proposals are likely to be bad for the North.
Land banking is the practice whereby developers allegedly avoid building homes that they have planning permission for, preferring instead to sit on the land. By deliberately restricting the supply of housing, so the theory goes, developers push up house prices allowing them to make even bigger profits in the future. But does it really happen?