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Post-Budget round-up

by on March 24, 2016

Following last week’s Budget announcements, which included a commitment for a statutory three month deadline for Secretary of State Decisions on called-in applications and recovered appeals, the Department for Communities and Local Government, has launched a number of key initiatives.

These involve starter homes, garden settlements and further reforms to the compulsory purchase order regime.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published a Starter Homes Land Fund prospectus. This invites expressions of interest from local authorities outside of London to form partnerships with the Homes and Communities Agency to use the £1.2bn fund available to remediate brownfield sites earmarked for starter homes.

Meanwhile construction industry analyst Barbour ABI has been awarded a contract to provide DCLG with data regarding starter home projects from planning application stage to the beginning of work on site.

Separately DCLG has published a prospectus setting out how it will help local areas interested in garden villages, towns and cities and invited expressions of interest from local authorities who want to create new communities based on garden city principles.

In addition the DCLG has started consulting on a package of proposals for further reforms to the CPO regime.

These set out a clearer way to identify market value when agreeing levels of compensation. They also put mayoral development corporations on the same footing as new town and urban development corporations for the purposes of assessing compensation.

The package is also designed to simplify the process by enabling transport and regeneration bodies to make combined orders. Also involved will be the repeal of redundant legislation.

View the Starter Home policy paper

View the Locally-led garden villages, towns and cities policy paper

View the Further reform of the compulsory purchase system consultation documents

Roger Milne

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