On behalf of Countryside Properties, NJL Consulting have submitted two detailed planning applications at the former Riverside College site in Runcorn, Halton. Combined the proposals seek to develop a total of 144 residential dwellings with a mix of private rented sector and market homes across the 4.05 ha site.
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On behalf of Quorum Development Management and Seddon Homes, NJL Consulting have submitted a detailed planning application at land off Delta Crescent, Warrington. The proposal seeks to develop a total of 79 residential dwellings across the 3.07 ha site which will form a natural extension to existing development in the Westbrook area.
March 2018 marked the Government’s launch of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Draft Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) consultation. This follows on from the Housing White Paper and Planning for The Right Homes in the Right Place Consultation; both of which provided initial proposals to amend the existing policy following a consecutive 6 years of no changes in the NPFF.
The documents were published alongside statements by Theresa May and Sajid Javed focussing on the need for housing delivery. With housing firmly at the forefront of the government’s agenda, we explore the key policy changes that will affect residential development. Access to the published documents is available here.
This year’s Autumn Budget saw significant new measures in relation to housing and development as well as a reiteration of the 1.7 billion Transforming Cities Fund. Speaking in the commons earlier today Chancellor Phillip Hammond set out measures to boost housebuilding and homeownership as well as strategic land and infrastructure developments. Here we’ll summarise some of the key points that will shape the planning and development landscape in the coming years.
Life expectancy and working age has been on the rise for the last 30 years in the UK. While policy seems to be focussed on helping first time buyers access the housing market, evidence suggests that we are failing to plan effectively for the older members of our society.
The government do seem to be floating some ideas to help, for instance making pensioners exempt from stamp duty when downsizing to smaller homes, and we anticipate more relevant announcements in the Autumn Statement next week.
In the past month NJL Consulting has secured reserved matters planning permission for over 400 new dwellings across the North West. Sites in Thornton, Hesketh Bank and Preston will now be brought forward by our clients, Persimmon Homes, Wainhomes and Pillars Construction with work due to start on the sites soon.