Stay up to date on key planning changes for 2017

Stay up to date on key planning changes for 2017

The Housing and Planning Act was introduced in May 2016, but key policies will be implemented this year.

More planning policy changes are on the horizon in 2017. Much of last year’s Housing and Planning Act is due to be implemented this year, and now the Housing White Paper has arrived promising to shake up the system once again. The good news is that planning updates will be available throughout the year as part of the RIBA’s core CPD programme.

‘A planning update: planning policy issues for practitioners’ will be presented around the country by Alan Divall, planning partner at West Waddy ADP, who says that the current uncertainty around implementation timetables continues to hold back the plans of developers and local planning authorities alike.

Divall will be steering architects through the provisions of the Housing and Planning Act, with key government initiatives such as Starter Homes and Permission in Principle expected to make an impact during the coming year.

Meanwhile the White Paper is signalling that the government wants to introduce sanctions against developers judged to have an unacceptably slow build out rate, due to land banking or slow construction, and is planning sanctions against local authorities that fail to deliver on local housing targets.

‘Much of what is in the White Paper is not new. We just hope that their aspirations filter quickly down to local planning authorities. The housing crisis needs to be addressed now, not in five years’ time. Local Planning Authorities must adopt a transparent and pro-active approach to dealing with the issues that the White Paper is seeking to address’, says Divall.

‘The standardised approach to assessing housing need that the government will introduce will be very interesting, but threatens to create a situation where we will be rewriting the rules again.’

The seminars will provide an essential guide to the purpose and use of Section 106 agreements in planning, using case studies to guide delegates through the process of dealing effectively and efficiently with local authorities.

The session will provide an overview of the relationship between the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106 Agreements and how and why they are being used.

Divall is also promising to pass on some tricks of the planning trade when it comes to preparing and submitting planning applications and working with local authorities to gain planning permission.

Further information and booking forms for ‘A planning update: planning policy issues for practitioners’ are available from RIBA’s Core CPD programme for 2017. The core programme comprises ten seminars on each of the ten core curriculum topics, and are delivered in 14 locations across England.

Thanks to Alan Divall, planning partner, West Waddy ADP.

Text by Neal Morris, © RIBA.

Posted on Wednesday 15th February 2017