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Housing Could be Delivered by Transforming the Space Above Shops
on October 26, 2017 No comments
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) research, has implied that 90% of MPs believe that by renovating the space above shops could help in overturning the shortage in housing.
Additionally, the research suggested that some 89% of MPs believe by transforming this space, it could lead to a boost in local growth.
By altering empty spaces above shops, the chief executive of the FMB, Brian Berry, believes roughly 300,000 to 400,000 homes could be produced.
Introduction of Digital tool to isolate development land potential
To show the prospective of bringing together land, planning and housing data from different governments into one place, a new digital tool has been introduced.
Future Cities Catapult designed a sample model of the tool, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government to;
- Help speed up plan-making and planning decisions.
- Reduce the costs of plan-making and planning decisions.
- Improve the quality of plan-making and planning decisions.
£54 million made available by Government to free up land for housing
A £54 million package has been launched by the government in the hope of renovating local communities, and releasing land for thousands of new homes.
This comes under part of a new cross-government partnership to ensure government-owned property in England is utilized more effectively.
£45 million of the 54 has come from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Land Release Fund.
The DCLG has been launched in corporation with the Cabinet Office and the Local Government Association’s (LGA) One Public Estate Program.
Homes Approved for Green Belt Sees Huge Rise
Since March 2016, a rise of 54% has been seen on homes due to be built on the green belt, with a total of 425,000.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have exposed in a study of local authority that, over 70% of the homes are unaffordable to the people who need them.
Over the past 20 years, the 54% rise in the largest year-on-year upsurge in buildings proposed in the green belt.
The Government are encouraged to go ahead with infrastructure plans
The government have been called on by Lord Adonis and three business organizations to advance a on major infrastructure projects.
The projects include:
- A third Heathrow runway,
- Flood defense infrastructure.
The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission said at the Institute of Civil Engineers that Britain’s “historic weakness” has been to under-invest in infrastructure.
Indoor air quality is deemed as ‘a planning issue’
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has been encouraged to take into consideration indoor air quality (IAQ) for his London Plan.
In the future, this could lead to developers needing to achieve a certain IAQ when trying to get planning permission.
For buildings of a certain size, the Clean Air London campaign has requested that Khan includes IQA levels in his revised London Plan.
293,127 New Homes Granted Permission
In 2016, planning permission was granted for 293,127 new homes.
Since 2006 when the HBF Housing Pipeline survey began, this is the highest yearly total, and is also a sign that an upsurge in house building will continue in the future.
Depending on how many houses have been completely developed 3 to 4 years in the future, generally gives you an idea to the number of permissions granted.
A delay would suggest the time taken to direct the planning system from an outline permission to the stage construction can commence.
Developers are in favour of the government’s assurance to create accessible brownfield land
According to a survey, freeing up additional publicly owned land for development is the most promising prospect occurring from the government’s housing white paper.
Appointing the research was Amicus Property Finance, a short-term property lender.
51 property developers around the UK took part in the survey.
Swansea Mixed-use scheme put forward
The City and County of Swansea Council have received an outline planning application (incorporating shops, restaurants and residential units).
The former St David’s shopping centre and the LC car park that make up the site, are for now, being recognised as Swansea Central.
The site’s development is being handled by Rivington Land.
6,000 new home Hampshire development Plans go in
An outline planning application for 6,000 (30% affordable) new homes in Hampshire has been submitted by developers.
The scheme is planned to be at Welborne in an area of almost 1,000 acres, which is just north of Fareham and proposed by Buckland Development Limited.
The chairman for Buckland Development Ltd, Mark Thistlethwayte, said: