When will starter homes and infrastructure be delivered under the new leadership
Posted: September 30, 2016 /
On Wednesday, 28th September SLR Consulting, Osborne Clarke and No5 Chambers held an autumn presentation and debate at Osborne Clarke Temple Quay offices in Bristol. The event focused on the on-going developments in planning and infrastructure and offered attendees an insight into the latest legislation and the impact that is having and will have on planning and infrastructure developments. The seminar attracted over 30 invited guests including developers, agents, housebuilders and architects.
event was chaired by Sheila Twidle, former head of Environmental Services at
the Planning Inspectorate who welcomed the attendees and spoke briefly on Brexit
and what that may mean for the sector, the changes in government and their
influence on processes and decision-making and how planning needs to remain
central to managing change.
Bromwich, a Partner, planning team lead and part of the wider real estate and
infrastructure team at Osborne Clarke, spoke about national and regional
infrastructure challenges, the new Neighbourhood Planning Bill 2016-17, and
what efficiency changes that may bring, before moving on to speak about the Government
consultation on further reform of the compulsory purchase system, and the Environmental Impact Assessment
Directive 2014/52/EU that is to be implemented
in May 2017 under current legislation.
colleague Richard Harding, an Associate in Osborne Clarke's planning team, who
provides planning advice on all aspects of development, focused on changes to
the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) since implementation, developments
in housing policy with a particular focus on Starter Homes and their relationship with other forms of Affordable
Housing and Community
Infrastructure Levy(CIL) Reform.
Green, Technical Director at SLR Consulting, went on to define what is meant by infrastructure and why is it relevant to
development, looking at both major infrastructure and Local Enterprise Partnerships
and Zones. He discussed the Government’s drive for economic growth and how that
relates to development and gave some excellent industry examples highlighting
the benefits collaborative working to spread the burden of demand on
infrastructure, in areas such as transport, energy and waste. This included
some thoughts on what the future might look like with driver-less cars for
example, and the rapidly changing influences technology may play in the way we
plan for infrastructure.
keynote speaker, Christopher Young, Barrister at
No5 Chambers, went on to give some informed views on delivery within the
current planning system and recent decisions relating to cases based on housing
need arguments and duty to cooperate between authorities. He spoke of the
lessons learnt from Neighbourhood Planning, in particular the importance of
early engagement for developers and the need for greater scrutiny in the local
decision-making process. He also spoke about the need for a return to a plan-led
system and the recent moves towards greater intervention by the Secretary of
State in planning matters. Christopher concluded
with comments on the Government’s push for new settlement development and the
implications of that for local development.