In the House of Lords, the Neighbourhood Planning Bill has undergone its third reading with members approving an amendment that obliges examiners to give information to/meetings with neighbourhood planning groups.
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth (the parliamentary under-secretary of state, Department for Communities and Local Government and Wales Office) conveyed amendment 1.
It was said by Bourne that within regulations for the amendment, the secretary of state, is permitted to explain the procedure an examiner of a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order must follow.
According to AECOM, unless steps are taken to incorporate and fast-track residential development in plans for a Northern Powerhouse, cities and regions in the north of England will be facing a housing crisis.
On top of infrastructure, the planning and infrastructure consultancy have said housing
“must also become a vital element of Northern Powerhouse delivery if the north of England is to successfully achieve economic growth and rebalance the economy”.
Sajid Javid, The Communities Secretary, has said that Britain will get thousands of new homes through a quick-build modular method.
In an interview with Sky News, Sajid Javid said the approaching housing white paper would incorporate measures to build “ready-to-go” homes, from factory-built to custom-made apartment blocks.
After Javid had visited Germany and the Netherlands to look at prefab homes being built there, he concluded that if Germany and other countries could build made-to-measure, ready-made, ready-to-go modern, stylish homes, then so could the UK.
The developers who mounted a successful High Court challenge over a Sussex neighbourhood plan have failed to win an appeal for the redevelopment of the former Sandgate Nurseries has been refused by Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid.
This decision came after the developers had effectively challenged the lawfulness of the approved Henfield Neighbourhood Plan.
For neighbourhood plans to no longer be considered out-of-date in areas where the local authority does not have a five-year housing land supply, protection for them has been increased.
Having said that, if there is a significant lack of land supply in the wider local authority area this can be re-considered.
Written in a ministerial statement, the move was explained, as well as being covered by Planning Minister Gavin Barwell during the report stage and third reading of the Neighbourhood Planning Bill in the Commons.