UK Residential Market: Outlook for 2024

As we enter 2024, a retrospective glance at the UK residential market in 2023 reveals a nuanced landscape. Instead of analysing the statistical intricacies, let's dissect the data to uncover the insights it holds. This exploration will not only shed light on the UK residential market in the past but also pave the way for projecting the trends and challenges that will shape it in the coming year.

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Revised NPPF – What does it mean for housebuilding?

The highly anticipated revised NPPF was finally published on 19 December 2023. Quite fittingly given the new focus on beautiful buildings and high-quality design, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities chose to announce the imminent publication, as part of the second phase of the Long-Term Plan for Housing, at the headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP stated that tackling the five main reasons people object to new housing – low quality design, lack of supporting infrastructure, lack of democratic control over new development, environmental concerns and lack of a neighbourhood community or sense of place - would speed up the planning system, and that the changes should incentivise Local Authorities to adopt up to date Local Plans and deliver the planned-for homes.  The vital importance of planning and the central role of planning professionals in shaping communities was also underlined – which we certainly agree with! But what are the changes likely to really mean for housebuilding

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Development Matters: CIL and S106 replaced by new ‘Infrastructure Levy’ proposal

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has proposed a new ‘Infrastructure Levy’ (IL) under its proposed Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. The reform will see the largest reinvention of development land tax and replace the current Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and Section 106, with the new IL. The consultation period ran until 9th June.

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RCA exceed £15.9m FVA savings for developer clients

RCA Regeneration confirm savings for its developer clients have now exceeded £15,900,000 (since Jan. 2022), unlocking previously unviable sites through Financial Viability Assessments negotiations with local authorities.

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Planning Enforcement updates

We’ve been a bit quiet on enforcement matters to date, but you may not know we love a good enforcement case! Over the last year or so we’ve been working ‘both sides of the fence’ for various clients including local planning authorities, landowners and developers who have had challenging enforcement problems, all over the country.

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Appointment to JV North's DPS

Good news for RCA's Development Team!

We are delighted to announce the team has been appointed to JV North's Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), under the Valuation Services lot.

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RCA's response Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Reforms to National Planning Policy

We’ve responded to the National Planning Policy Framework consultation. 

This representation is made by RCA Regeneration Ltd in respect of the “Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: Reforms to National Planning Policy” consultation, which is running from 22 December 2022 until 11:45pm on 02 March 2023.

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Musings on the house price to earnings dataset 2022

Roisin Murphy once sang the somewhat confusing lyrics ‘Never ever enough, it's never enough, is it ever enough when it's just enough?’ back in the heady days of 2001/2 as I recall.

Bit of a banger that’s difficult not to tap your foot to…… 

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RCA expands into the east of England

Due to significant growth of the business and increasing opportunities within Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, RCA Regeneration Ltd. have recently expanded into the east of England after welcoming new Director Helen Morris to the team. 

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The revised NPPF: summary & early comments

The shiny new NPPF is here. Except, it’s not really that new at all. We have become very familiar over the course of the last year with how the government wishes to introduce ‘beauty’ into the planning process. This of course follows the recommendations of the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission. 

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Will we have to sacrifice affordable housing to achieve sustainable development?

From a viability perspective, this question could equally be phrased the other way around.

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The Draft Revisions to the NPPF in Under 90 Seconds

On Saturday morning (30/01/2021), MHCLG released an open consultation on some proposed revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) as well as a new draft National Model Design Code.

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