Robert Jenrick – the housing secretary, has committed £1.3 billion in a bid to create 45,000 new homes, 85,000 jobs, together with upgraded skills and infrastructure as the government boasts plans to aid the green economy recovery from Covid-19.
Over 300 projects in England are set to receive a portion of the £900 million Getting Building Fund.
This fund was announced in June by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in an attempt to help kickstart “shovel-ready” housing and infrastructure projects.
Economically speaking, according to the government this investment is set to reduce CO2 emissions across England by around 65 million kilograms.
Earlier this month the Prime Minister announced changes to the planning system to aid the construction industry and wider economy in the aftermath of the pandemic. In addition, a review of government-owned land will look at how it can be managed more effectively. These changes are designed to mobilise the construction industry and help meet the widespread need for more housing.
Whilst regeneration schemes and more homes are much needed, changing the parameters around Permitted Development Rights to give developers and builders more freedom, will undoubtedly become a contentious issue.
With the global economy showing indications such as the largest plunge in share prices since the 2008 financial crisis, and China’s economy threatening to contract for the first time in decades, how will the Coronavirus effect the property market?
Housebuilders thus far have been only been slightly affected, with small dips in their share prices.
The below leading housebuilders have been trading lower since mid-February, with their shares;
Following the illegal extension to his property in Barking, without planning permission, a man has been fined £15,000.
Back in 2005, Laurence Hill applied for planning permission to build a first-floor rear extension to his property, which was refused by the council, and the Planning Inspectorate dismissed his subsequent appeal.
Despite this, 9 years later in 2014, planning enforcement officers discovered Hill had proceeded with the extension, and in February 2015, he was issued with an enforcement notice, stating the extension must be removed by June 2016.
A 4% decline in planning applications between July and September 2019 has been seen compared to the same quarter in 2018, with District-level planning authorities receiving 106,500 applications.
Of these 106,500 applications, the statistics released by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show that 90,600 decisions were granted, which is around 88%, with 87% of the larger applications being decided within 13 weeks, or the agreed time
According to the release, paralleled to the same quarter in 2018, 2019 saw district councils grant: