General Planning Update
At the moment, we are working on two of our old sites, Holmer Green and Iver, with the purpose of submitting a planning application and guarantee the promised profits to our investors.
As a planning department, we are working on a definite new business plan which includes all our sold sites. This will include reviewing all the local plans in our sites’ areas, contacting the relevant councils, and discussing our options with expert planners in the UK. All our sites will be included in this plan and the potential sites that are included in the council’s local plan will be pushed to the next stage and be reviewed for the best way to submit a planning application. We are aiming to have a detailed strategy and timescale by the beginning of 2020.
planning update as of July 18, 2019
Housing secretary James Brokenshire notes that London faces the “most severe housing pressures”, with average house prices now over 12 times median earnings, which is “clearly unacceptable”.
While welcoming the proposed increase of London’s housing target from 42,000 to 65,000 homes a year as a “helpful first step” to meeting the capital’s need, Brokenshire explains that he is “not convinced your assessment of need reflects the full extent of housing need in the London to tackle affordability problems”.
Having listened to Khan’s representations as well as others, Brokenshire says that the public interest lies with making sure the mayor is delivering the homes London needs as quickly as possible.
Therefore, Brokenshire writes: “I have decided to amend footnote 69 of the revised National Planning Policy Framework so that the draft London Plan will be examined against the previous National Planning Policy Framework rather than new national policy. This will mean you can continue to progress your plan and start delivering your London Plan targets for which you are responsible”.
He emphasized that he has powers to intervene before the plan is published and that as the Mayor of London, Khan is “responsible for delivering” the housing required and will be held to account for delivering London’s housing targets.
planning update as of August 7, 2018
Housing Minister Dominic Raab has launched new powers for councils in order to deliver new towns and communities in each council area. The government expects them to deliver “tens of thousands of new homes”.
Analysis by the Campaign to Protect Rural England has suggested that the amount of farmland, forests, gardens, and greenfield land lost to housing development each year has increased by 58 per cent. It has increased from 2,105 hectares of land in 2013 to 3,332 hectares in 2017. This projects the amount of land that was removed from greenbelt and was built on new homes.
planning update as of June 14, 2018