The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has issued the “Planning for the Future” consultation, a white paper document designed to build trust, give developers more certainty and ultimately speed up the building process in England.
The Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick, claimed that his proposal will:
It is the third and fourth points that may have the biggest impact on Elmhurst members where it is proposed;
Elmhurst’s Managing Director, Martyn Reed, provides his views on the consultation: “We welcome the commitment to build more homes. At a time when housebuilding in 2019 was at a record high of 214,000, it was reported by Elmhurst in the latest edition of Energy Matters that new build starts in 2019 actually fell to 151,820, from a decade high of 167,820 in 2018. Short term stimulus, such as the reduction of stamp duty, will undoubtedly bring forward sales, and improve the statistics, but without the ability to refill the pipeline we will have a shortage of new homes within the next couple of years. If there is to be a new framework for assisting environmental plans then this should use the skills and resources of existing Energy Assessors. That way we can create an efficient, cost effective and quality assured service, which planners and government can rely on".
This consultation will close at 23.45 Thursday 29th October 2020.
To read and respond to the Planning for the Future consultation click here