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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New Permitted Development Rights – Are They The Solution?

On 21st July 2020, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced new and expanded Permitted Development (PD) rights which he argued would deliver much-needed new homes and revitalise town centres. The new measures were originally mooted in the Prime Minister’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ announcement back at the end of June, in which Boris Johnson promised “the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War”.

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Is the Government’s Latest Initiative Providing Genuinely Affordable Housing?

With the country’s mind firmly fixed on the COVID-19 crisis, other, normally significant issues have had to take a back seat. One such issue are the Government’s proposals for the delivery of affordable housing in England.

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Affordable Housing, Objector Objectivity


This month I have been motivated to muse about public feedback on affordable housing proposals: before we’ve submitted the application and after it's gone in.

As a profession, we are encouraged to engage with the public before submitting planning applications, particularly major schemes that will have (presumably) a much larger scale impact. 

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