It has been suggested that the government’s goal of delivering 300,000 homes per year will not be met using the current process for calculating housing need.
Presented in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) last year, the planning consultancy Lichfields had evaluated how the ‘standard method’ would meet the governments targets, through calculating the minimum number of dwellings each council should plan for.
To achieve the goal of 300,000 homes a year, the government needs to deliver more than the minimum, as this will deliver only 273,000 homes.
Developers have been informed by James Brokenshire, the Housing Secretary, that they need to be doing more to protect the British wildlife.
Using systems like hedgehog highways, hollow swift bricks, and creating drainage areas to create wetlands for bird and amphibians, the government has set out new guidelines explaining how developers should be protecting certain British species.
Developers should be taking into consideration the long-term impact their developments will have on ecosystems, both throughout and post construction, says the government.
A post war housing estate has been granted approval by Woking Borough Council’s planning.
The goal is to regenerate the 74-acre site in the Woking suburbs into a ‘sustainable, community-focused’ neighbourhood, with the present number of dwellings doubling from 570 to 1,142, half of which will be affordable.
695 homes have detailed consent, and 834 homes have planning permission.