Planning 2020

A new framework for a modern Britain

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Solving the UK housing crisis is a complex problem. On one hand, there are clear failings in the current system that stifle development and housebuilders are forced to abide by a rulebook that's no longer fit for purpose. And on the other, housebuilders must start preparing for the expected boom in build-to-rent developments. .

In our Planning 2020 white paper, we approached 100 senior decision makers working in the UK housebuilding industry, who provided insightful understanding of the behaviours, aspirations and ongoing challenges in the market.

Is the UK planning framework fit for purpose or is change required? And what should Government's next steps be to improve conditions for build-to-rent developments?

Improvements to planning framework required

The requirement for updated legislation that reflects the UK's housing need was a central focus of Sajid Javid's Housing white paper: Fixing our broken housing market, launched in February 2017. It also acknowledged that improving the conditions for build-to-rent developments is essential, especially with homeownership figures dropping to a 30 year low.

Our findings in the white paper reinforce the need for Government to pursue the introduction of an updated planning framework. It also highlights a prevalent culture of appeals and viability-related delays that could be countered by the widespread adoption of more council-led local plans.

How the Gowling WLG planning team can help you

Our planning team represents landowners, developers and public authorities in relation to all aspects of planning law, policy and procedures across the UK and advises on some of the UK's highest profile commercial, residential and infrastructure projects.

We have extensive experience in dealing with planning applications, planning obligations and infrastructure agreements in relation to major development sites. We bring a practical, commercially-focused and cost-effective approach to every kind of planning issue. We achieve a negotiated solution wherever possible, but we also have considerable experience of planning appeals and call-in inquiries, examinations into local plans, compulsory purchase orders and judicial review litigation.

Our clients include the Malaysian developers of Battersea Power Station, The Crown Estate and London City Airport.

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