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Eversheds comment: Welcome fresh approach to UK planning rules not without its limitations

  • United Kingdom

    10-07-2015

    Commenting on news that there is to be an overhaul of rules on how and where new houses can be built in the UK, Stuart Andrews, partner and head of planning at law firm Eversheds, says:

    “Any initiative that is directed at housing growth has to be welcomed but there are obvious limitations to this approach. Firstly, the commercial benefits of the development of brownfield land is often limited and all previous attempts to focus on this resource have essentially created the shortfall we are now experiencing.

    "Secondly, the selective intervention with failing authorities will only have a limited impact and will inevitably cut away at the function and purpose of local democracy. The answer, however, might be far more simply one of changing the model by turning the housing land supply dial from 5 years to (say) 8 years and then informing Council’s that don’t plan that they will have to deal with a 15 year supply requirement in the absence of an adopted plan. This approach would be focused on the delivery of more homes, is very simple and easy to understand and is comprehensive in its outcome.”

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