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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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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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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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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Plans, Delays and Recoveries

So now we await a return to normality that may never really arrive. Cummings’ trip up north may have heralded a relaxation of the government’s lockdown and a move towards us being more ‘alert’ – whatever that means. 

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