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Opinion: Small developments exempt from Section 106

17th May 2016

By Anne Dobie, Partner, Linder Myers Solicitors. The Court of Appeal made a landmark judgement, upholding the government’s decision to exempt developments of 10 houses or fewer from Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act. The original policy, which was introduced in 2014, was established to ensure the burden of affordable housing contributions did not fall on small-scale developers, including self-builders. The latest decision upholds this policy, and means that local authoriti...

SME house builders boosted by Section 106 ruling

12th May 2016

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has welcomed the decision to waive affordable housing requirements for small developments. Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, praised the ruling, commenting: “We welcome the Appeal Court’s decision to confirm the government’s right to waive Section 106 affordable housing contributions for sites of ten units or fewer. “It’s widely recognised that if we are to tackle the long-term undersupply of new homes in this country,...

Consortuim heralds victory on affordable rural homes

12th April 2016

A consortium of peers and rural housing groups have safeguarded types of development in rural communities. Legislation to force local authorities to require the construction of Starter Homes, rather than affordable housing, in rural areas will not go ahead following opposition from the consortium – consisting of the CLA, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and Hastoe Housing Group.  The consortium had set out concerns that plans to impose starter homes on rural areas would pu...

Government 'damaging supply' of rented housing

16th March 2016

A former Conservative shadow cabinet member has criticised the government’s approach to the private rented sector. Writing for the Daily Telegraph today ahead of the Budget, the former shadow chief secretary to the treasury, Lord Flight has noted that faced with ever growing demand for homes to rent: “The government should be supporting investment in the sector and not, through the recent tax changes relating to buy-to-let, actively discouraging it.” Addressing the chancellor&r...

Housing market ‘shouldn’t underestimate’ financialisation

10th March 2016

Written by Mark Lawrence, reporting from today's National Housing Federation’s Land and Planning conference, Birmingham. The housing sector shouldn’t underestimate the impact the financial sector has on the market. That is the view of Michael Edwards, teaching fellow at The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL). Speaking at the National Housing Federation’s Land and Planning conference, the academic spoke at length on the adverse effect the financial s...