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Consultation to reform planning system launched

06 August 2020

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick announced today, 6 August, the Government is ‘Planning for the Future’ and aims to overhaul outdated systems and reform the way the country builds. Read More...

Property market to continue through Aberdeen lockdown

06 August 2020

Following the announcement on 5 August by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, that Aberdeen is in lockdown for a period of at least seven days, the Scottish Government has published regulations clarifying the property market can still function. Read More...

COVID-19 not dampened enthusiasm to get OnTheMarket

06 August 2020

A property market online portal has seen the number of agent branches listing exclusively rise by 1,619, which is a year-on-year rise of 42 per cent. Read More...

Staying safe whilst lifting lockdown

04 August 2020

COVID-19 is a powerful disruptor, responsible for the delay of almost 450,000 property transactions. It goes without saying that everyone has to take action in order to minimise the ongoing impact. Read More...

Government addresses PAC recommendations on housing market.

Friday 04 October 2019

The Government has responded to the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) report “Planning and the broken housing market”, and has agreed with recommendations that the Government should set out what measures to take when local authorities fail to produce local plans.

The report set out recommendations by the Committee – whose remit is to scrutinise value for money on public spending – on the Government’s plans to build 300,000 new homes per year from the middle of 2020.

It also agreed to setting milestones for the Planning Inspectorate’s performance improvements across the full range of all its services, and to monitor whether reforms to the Community Infrastructure Levy and section 106 are having the impact that is necessary and adjust or adapt accordingly.

However the Government disagreed with recommendations that it should set out, in a single publicly available document, the full set of actions it is taking to achieve the target of 300,000 new homes and include year-on-year projections for the number of new homes it expects to be built.

It also rejected recommendations to set out its expectations for the types, tenures, and amounts of affordable and social housing to be delivered, and on what a sufficient quantity of final build should look like.

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