Autumn Statement 2015: Planning reform on smaller sites ‘hidden gem’ in Chancellor’s housing plans

Autumn Statement 2015: Planning reform on smaller sites

Despite its supporting role in the Chancellor’s announcement on housing, the decision to amend planning permission on smaller sites could turn out to be the hidden gem amongst a roll call of mainly re-hashed announcements.

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Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement that planning permission is set to be relaxed on smaller sites in an effort to boost house building, Jan Crosby, head of housing at KPMG, said:

“Despite its supporting role in the Chancellor’s announcement on housing, the decision to amend planning permission on smaller sites could turn out to be the hidden gem amongst a roll call of mainly re-hashed announcements.

“Not only will increasing the ability for small builders to enter the market enable much needed diversification in the sector, it will also create a far quicker turnaround for developments of less than 50 homes.

“In most parts of the country the time it takes to build and sell one site of 100 homes will be twice as long as it takes to build and sell two 50 home sites. Smaller sites also attract less nimbyism, which can hugely slow the planning and build process. You don’t mind or notice if 10 schemes of 10 houses a piece are built nearby, but you do notice a 100 unit scheme. And the fact is that rural communities, villages and small towns need these developments of 10-20 homes, and may indeed welcome them and the fact they allow local people to stay within their home community.”

 

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