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Property industry welcomes “game-changing” measures in Housing and Planning Bill

The British Property Federation (BPF) has praised the Government for taking positive steps forward in terms of aiding growth by introducing deadlines for the creation of Local Plans for all local authorities across the UK. These new measures are part of the Housing and Planning Bill and mean that the government will intervene if local authorities do not have Local Plans in place by 2017.

Further measures in the Bill include an extension of the office to residential permitted development right and automatic permission in principle on brownfield sites.

The BPF have advised the Government to encourage the development of other tenures if it is to deliver new homes at scale. It has also outlined how new housing schemes must be accompanied by commercial development, such as shops and leisure facilities.

Melanie Leech, chief executive of the British Property Federation, commented: “The housing challenge facing the UK is acute, and the Government is being fairly punchy in the reforms it wants to make to the planning system to deliver new homes.

“The fact that it is prepared to take on the responsibility of Local Plans is particularly welcome, as these are crucial to creating sustainable development in local communities.

“This is a potentially game-changing announcement, and one we whole-heartedly support, since Local Plans are fundamental to growth”.

Inspired Asset Management specialises in Permitted Development, and therefore, welcomes these changes. We look forward to introducing you to many more of our developments in the near future.

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