Housing and Planning Act update

Find out how the Housing and Planning Act 2016 will affect you

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 received Royal Assent on the 12th May, although it was not published until very recently. Many of the Act’s provisions will not come into force until the making of a Commencement Order, although certain aspects came into force with immediate effect.

Part 6 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 provides a raft of updates and changes to planning legislation in England.  A number of issues and changes have been brought about by the Act with changes relating largely to Neighbourhood Planning, Local Planning, Planning in London as well as, interestingly, Permission in Principle and further possible amendments to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO).

It is yet to be seen how the ‘Permission in Prinicple’ will work in practice, but the new legislation would allow Council’s to maintain a register of particular land (likely to be known as a brownfield land register) which would provide permission in principle for primarily residential development, with full planning permission being secured by the submission of a ‘technical details consent’.

Of further interest are amendments to the GPDO which will provide the necessary power to the Secretary of State to introduce additional regulations to Class O (office to residential conversion) that would allow for the demolition and reconstruction of offices as dwellings.  

DHA will bring further updates and bulletins on the Housing and Planning Act 2016 as they come to fruition.

For more information about how the changes in legislation could affect your development, please contact Matthew Garvey or Jonathan Buckwell, 01622 776226.

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