A number of consultations and responses to consultations accompanied the Budget, and of course, the Letwin Build-Out Review. (We won’t summarise the housing measures introduced by the Chancellor – they’ve been widely covered and can be read here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46024789 )
Here are the papers and consultations which have relevance to north Essex garden communities:
Build-Out Review…all about diversity
Sir Oliver Letwin has been looking specifically at the build out rates of large sites and how to speed up delivery. His main conclusion is that diversity of tenures (house size and type, rented, to buy, affordable) allows faster build-out rate. His recommendations aim to enshrine diversity in planning rules for sites over 1,500 homes.
He concludes that the Government should:
His recommendations are here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-build-out-final-report.
Government will respond in the new year.
CAUSE has long argued that the north Essex councils should collect Community Infrastructure Levy in addition to section 106 contributions. There is an opportunity to collect £10-20k per new home and it beggars belief that neither Tendring, Braintree or Colchester do collect CIL. Government is moving in the right direction with attempts to encourage and simplify the collection of developer contributions.
Here it sets out its response to supporting housing delivery through developer contributions, with a summary of consultation responses and the Government’s view on the way forward.
Compulsory Purchase Powers consultation
From page 33, New town development corporations: Draft compulsory purchase guidance
The consultation also contains proposals which will make it easier to convert commercial buildings to homes – targeting the high street to increase the delivery of new homes. Once again, the opportunity afforded by rural and farm buildings is neglected.
Don’t forget the OAN consultation announced last week:
Government will do whatever it takes to achieve a target of 300k homes per annum, even though the underlying household formation rates show a reduction from 210k per annum to 159k per annum. Here’s the consultation:
And finally, although not specifically relevant to north Essex, of interest generally:
Government’s response to the ‘Arc’ study has been published:
Interesting to see all the infrastructure funding promised. Here in north Essex we have three new towns proposed and no infrastructure investment….
Private-Shared Homeownership consultation