Morning, Tuesday, 29th October 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This seminar will discuss the future of house building in England, focusing on the site location, finance, planning and construction challenges behind delivering new homes.
With the Government response to Sir Oliver Letwin’s Independent Review of Build Out outlining plans to bring forth additional planning guidance on housing diversification - as part of wider efforts to support a diverse range of housing needs - delegates will assess priorities for tackling barriers to building new homes and the impact of proposals to speed up change of use and extend permitted development rights.
This also follows the announcement of a forthcoming ‘Accelerated Planning Green Paper’, which is expected to recommend steps for moving the decision-making process within the planning system forward, and accelerating the end-to-end process of housing delivery and set out Government’s response to their consultation on extending Permitted Development Rights to retail properties.
We expect further discussion on recommendations in the NAO’s Planning for New Homes report for more joined-up Government working and improved co-operation between the MHCLG and councils to deliver infrastructure, better monitoring of the gap between housing delivery aims and delivery, and more effective developer contributions towards infrastructure.
The seminar comes as MHCLG’s Housing Delivery Tests reveal that many councils are failing to meet their objectively-assessed need targets and as the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) encourages local authorities to proactively make use of brownfield sites.
This also follows the announcement that Government will work towards negotiating a Built Environment Sector Deal with industry - which will prioritise the delivery of homes through new initiative schemes, enhancing sector productivity, improving skills in the workforce, and supporting the development of clean growth.
Delegates will also discuss how local authorities and housebuilders can better utilise land to deliver new homes and link housing with existing and emerging infrastructure.
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We also expect discussion on the future of innovation in housebuilding - including the potential use modern methods of construction.
Discussion will draw on the Chancellor’s announcement that there will be a Future Homes Standard on new build homes by 2025 to ensure that they are equipped with the latest low-carbon and energy efficient technology and as the Government commissions the Building Better, Building Beautiful commission with a view to improving the suitability, design and aesthetics of new development.