Thursday, December 10, 2015

North/South contrast

Councils in southern England dragging their heels on housing, says thinktank

New housing developments are less likely to be approved by councils in the south of England, where there is an acute shortage of supply, than in the north due to local authorities “dragging their heels”, a report says. Councils are rejecting plans, particularly in rural areas, in the face of significant population growth, according to the thinktank Demos. Maldon district council, in Essex, approved just 25% of the 64 applications it received between 2010 and 2015, making it the worst local authority in England for rejecting planning applications for major residential projects. In contrast, Copeland, in Cumbria, approved 100% of 40 applications in the five years analysed.

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  • It is absolutely true. Southern councils often use outdated regional spatial plans as the basis for their 5 year land supply calculation. This enables them to claim that they have an adequate supply of housing. This is one of the the main mechanisms they use for refusing permission. They are not allowed to do this but they’ve gotten around it by failing to even start work on a government approved plan that could be used against them. They also use overly restrictive guidance notes from defunct local plans that were supposed to have been replaced by a new NPPF compliant plan. This allows then to turn down many green belt applications that are supposed to be let through under section 9 para 89 of the 2012 NPPF

    Next year there will fortunately be penalties for this. The NPPF was supposed to sort all this out and it would have if many of the councils hadn’t blatantly disregarded it with relative impunity The high courts are absolutely full of appeals where the councils have misapplied planning laws. They usually lose but in the process they have slowed down the process. That’s one of the reasons that the new planning act going through now takes away even more of their powers

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