October 20, 2014
Residential developers who build for sale have, for many years, voiced consistent concerns about the length of time it often takes to navigate the planning system and achieve the consent required to build much needed homes. Inefficiencies in the processing and determination of applications can result from a lack of resources or experience at officer level. There is frequently a lack of political will or leadership to help communities understand the need for more homes to be built in their locality and the wider social and economic benefits which will result. Each local authority has different policies and there is a frequent tendency to apply planning law and national policy in a different way.
Successive governments have tinkered with primary and secondary legislation, and latterly made more radical changes to both law and national policy, in an effort to speed up both policy making and decision taking at a local level. In recent years the Coalition Government has given special emphasis to the need for the construction and provision of more homes of all tenures, not just to serve spiralling housing need, but also to kickstart the recovering economy.