17th July 2017

Thrings and GVA discuss what’s in the pipeline for planning

Thrings’ Rosalyn Trotman and Tom Baker of commercial property agents GVA shared centre stage at a special planning breakfast seminar last week to discuss the impact of recent political events on proposed changes to the UK’s planning regime.

Guests including housing developers, planning consultants and architects gathered at Bristol’s Arnolfini to hear Rosalyn explain how many of the government’s pre-election proposals are still anticipated in the foreseeable future through policy amendments and secondary legislation to complement acts of parliament that are already in place.

Rosalyn, an associate solicitor in Thrings’ Planning team, spoke about proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework and speculated on whether proposals included in the Housing White Paper would be delivered in light of the election result.

She also discussed moves to encourage more neighbourhood plans, the government’s support for more house building on brownfield sites and the new criteria around starter homes and what it could mean for house builders.

“The event was a great success and gave Thrings and GVA the opportunity to explain to developers and planning professionals from across the region what the election may mean for the future of planning,” Ros said.

Tom, who is an associate at GVA, spoke about housing needs and the implications of Brexit in terms of net migration, highlighting that it is not only EU migrants who contribute towards the figures. He went on to provide his view on what might change as a result of the standardised approach to Objectively Assessed Need that is set to be consulted upon this month.

Tom said: “The event was a good opportunity to explain the assessment of housing need and how this is calculated as it is often complex and difficult to follow. What is certain is that housing need in the UK is still a critical issue that we need to get to grips with to address the housing crisis.”

For more information about any of the issues contained in this article, or to discuss any planning-related matters, please contact Rosalyn Trotman or another member of Thrings’ Planning team.

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