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50% of house builders said to be ‘serial appealers’

by Paul Addison on December 15, 2017 No comments

Per to a poll of house builders, in a culture of ‘planning by appeal’, faith in the planning system is dropping.

The law firm Gowling WLG conducted a survey of 100 house builders.

The findings suggested that nearly 50% are “serial appealers”, with 30% of rejected applications being appealed.

Opposed to a decade ago, 75% now purchase more land with pre-existing planning permission.

Pressing mayors to expose delayed sites in their local areas, 80% hope for quicker planning decisions.

Over the last 18 months, just under 67% of those asked, had appealed.

40% of rejections are reversed on appeal.

Gowling WLG have said this implies housebuilders believe it is more effective to appeal, than it is to resubmit amended applications.

Vicky Fowler, Gowling WLG planning partner said,

“This volume of successful appeals is almost certainly caused by an absence in some areas of up-to-date local plans.”

“If authorities do not have an up-to-date local plan and are unable to demonstrate that at least five years’ worth of land has been allocated for local housing, then development on sites that could or should have been allocated to this need are very likely to succeed on appeal if initially rejected.”

It is necessary in the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017 for planning authorities to display policies focusing on strategic land use priorities, and identifying housing sites which will deliver a minimum of a five-year housing supply.

By April 2018, if these plans are not made, the secretary of state will have the ability to intervene.

This will mean he is able to take the preparation of local plans out of the hands of a single authority.

“Planning by appeal is frustratingly inefficient and evidence of a system that requires immediate change,”

Fowler added.

“While the introduction of measures to encourage local plans are a step in the right direction, this will increase the need for housebuilders to promote sites that they feel are suitable for development, consulting with councils directly to increase the chances of planning success.”

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