Two sides of the coin: What do the government’s changes to the planning system mean for you and your clients?

by Paul Addison on July 30, 2020 No comments

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.

Paul AddisonTwo sides of the coin: What do the government’s changes to the planning system mean for you and your clients?

Quality Assurance

by Paul Addison on July 21, 2020 No comments

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Why is this important?
Are you purchasing a property or representing a client in the purchase of a property? Using a member of the PCCB ensures that the search firms you engage are held to a set of standards that serve the consumer.

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Planning Permission Granted For 3,000 Homes In Sussex

by Paul Addison on October 25, 2019 No comments

Planning permission for 3,000 new homes in Burgess Hill has been approved by Mid Sussex District Council’s planning committee.

Once discussed with the community, Homes England, who own the 494-acre site known as the Northern Arc, will work with developers to propose detailed planning applications.

Additionally, the development is set to provide;

Paul AddisonPlanning Permission Granted For 3,000 Homes In Sussex

40,000 Dwellings Fulfilled by Homes England

by Paul Addison on July 29, 2019 No comments

In the time between April 2018 and March 2019, 40,289 dwellings have been completed by the government’s housing accelerator, Homes England.

Throughout the same period, 45,692 homes were started on site under programmes managed by Homes England.

These are the highest levels of completions in 4 years, and the highest levels of starts in 9 years, per the organisation.

Paul Addison40,000 Dwellings Fulfilled by Homes England

Regeneration of Woking Suburb

by Paul Addison on May 21, 2019 No comments

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.

Paul AddisonRegeneration of Woking Suburb

Approval Granted For £1bn Purfleet Regeneration

by Paul Addison on May 15, 2019 No comments

Outline planning permission has been granted by Thurrock Council’s planning committee, for a £1 billion proposal.

Purfleet Centre Regeneration Ltd (PCRL), (a joint venture between Urban Catalyst & Swan Housing Association), submitted the plans for Purfleet on Thames.

Up to 2,850 homes are included in the plans, as well as; shops, restaurants, a medical centre, community facilities, a new town centre, upgrades to the rail station, improved riverside area, a new primary school, a 1,000,000 square feet media village with art, film and TV studios and new parks and leisure spaces.

Paul AddisonApproval Granted For £1bn Purfleet Regeneration

Holloway Prison Site Bought by Peabody

by Paul Addison on April 8, 2019 No comments

By means of a £42 million loan from the Mayor of London, the former HM Prison Holloway site has been purchased by housing association Peabody.

By 2022, working with developer London Square, Peabody must have started work on over 1,000 dwellings, 60% of which, need to be for social rent, shared ownership or London Living Rent.

The chief executive of Peabody, Brendan Sarsfield, said:

Paul AddisonHolloway Prison Site Bought by Peabody

£200m Makeover for Derelict York Site

by Paul Addison on March 26, 2019 No comments

A former nine-acre gasworks site in York, now derelict, is anticipated to undergo a £200 million Gross Development Value, (GDV), transformation to a 700-dwelling neighbourhood.

To construct the scheme, North Star have partnered with private rental housing operator Moda Living and its joint venture partner Apache Capital Partners.

The brownfield site has been vacant for 10 years and is anticipated to be transformed into a new residential community, with retail space and community use, (subject to planning consent).

Paul Addison£200m Makeover for Derelict York Site

Grosvenor Biscuit Building Scheme Rejected by Southwark

by Paul Addison on March 7, 2019 No comments

Due to the absence of affordable housing, the London Borough of Southwark has rejected the £500 million redevelopment of a former biscuit factory into a build-to-rent scheme.

The 15.3-acre site, situated near Bermondsey Tube Station and neighbouring the old Lewisham and Southwark College campus, would have provided 1,342 build-to-rent properties.

Additionally, retail and leisure space, offices, and a 600-place secondary school in buildings ranging from 4 – 28 storeys in height would have been included in the scheme. 

Paul AddisonGrosvenor Biscuit Building Scheme Rejected by Southwark

London Planning Teams Cash Boost

by Paul Addison on October 30, 2018 No comments

With the aim to ‘beef’ up councils’ housing and planning teams, a £10 million fund has been started by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.

Khan has said new council homes have been prevented by London councils budgets decreasing by 50%.

To lift housing and planning teams, councils can bid for up to £750,000 each from the Homebuilding Capacity Fund.

Paul AddisonLondon Planning Teams Cash Boost