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The Devil is in the Detail

Back in February the government set up a consultation to seek views on their proposed approach to implementing the Housing and Planning Bill’s reforms.

London First responded to the government’s consultation on how they intend the Bill’s reforms, together with wider Productivity Plan commitments, to be implemented through the planning process.

This included details on how Permission in Principle and the Brownfield Land Register will work, alongside reforms for improving the performance of local planning authorities in both plan making and decision taking.

Our response argued that the Mayor and the Greater London Authority should have a clearly defined role to play in the Permission in Principle process, both through the allocation of sites in the Brownfield Land Register and through the application process, including where detailed design, massing and layout is considered.

You can read our consultation response here

The only way is up

London First responded to the government and GLA’s joint consultation on proposed planning measures to enable up to two storeys to be built on existing buildings where new residential units are delivered. The consultation looked at three separate ways of simplifying the planning process:

  • Permitted development rights removing the need for planning permission;
  • The use of local development orders, which could set out locations in London where upward extensions might be appropriate;
  • A London Plan policy that encourages upward extensions in specific areas.

Our response set out that the proposals are unlikely to result in significant increases in housing delivery due to the numerous practical issues around cost, construction, design and access. We also raised concerns with the potential impact of permitted development rights which could result in a plethora of poorly designed roof extensions of low residential and architectural quality.

You can read our consultation response here

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