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Consultation On Planning Reforms To Support The High Street And Increase The Delivery Of New Homes

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

Alongside the Autumn 2018 Budget, the government published the consultation Planning Reform: Supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes.

The proposed reforms include:

  • Changing permitted development rights (including some changes of use) to allow, among other things, upward extensions to create additional homes and the demolition of existing commercial buildings to enable residential redevelopment.
  • Extending the freedom of local authorities to dispose of surplus land at less than best consideration without seeking consent from the Secretary of State.
  • Draft guidance on the compulsory purchase powers of new town development corporations, including the factors that ministers will take into account when deciding whether or not to confirm new town compulsory purchase orders.

The government is also seeking views on the first draft listed building consent order (LBCO). The LBCO would grant listed building consent for works executed by the Canal and River Trust for the alteration or extension of a waterway structure.

The consultation relates to England only and closes on 14 January 2019.  The government is keen to hear from both the public and private sectors as well as the general public.


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Tom Warrender


Tom Warrender


Tom is a Solicitor and Partner with 14 years + experience advising clients in relation to commercial property matters. A Legal 500 recognised lawyer, Tom is a member of SHLA and CRELA, sits on our Board of Management & Heads our Social Housing Team.