Aug 24, 2012 18:05 BST Yesterday, financier Sir Adrian Montague published his Government report recommending the waiving the quotas for affordable homes on new housing developments. It is hoped his recommendations will enable developers to create more properties for let in order to alleviate the unsustainable private rental market where prices are being forced sky-high and tenets have little say.
Announcement on planning fees expected soonJun 29, 2012 11:02 BST
The Government has been rethinking its approach to decentralising planning fees and an announcement is expected soon.
It was the end of 2010 when minister for decentralisation, Greg Clark, announced his consultation – in the spirit of the Coalition’s Localism agenda - on replacing the current system of centrally set fixed fees with a system that would enable local authorities to set their own fees to cover costs.
Despite ambitions to have a new system in place over a year ago, the original consultation wasn’t acted upon amid fears that developers would not have been able to get clear advice on the cost of submitting a planning application and dispute over how best to reduce the number of planning applications that have to be subsidised by the local authority.
Last week however, Shona Dunn, director of planning at the Department of Communities and Local Government, said she hoped the issue would be resolved in the coming weeks:
"I hope that that will be in the next few weeks and, given that we’ve got the recess coming up shortly, I hope that gives you the timeframe which we are hopefully able to stick to."