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Planning news – 18 February 2021

by on February 19, 2021

‘Housing Accelerator Fund’ launched
The government’s housing accelerator, Homes England, and United Trust Bank have announced a £250 million fund with the aim of supporting small and medium-sized builders with development finance at up to 70 per cent loan to gross development value.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Guidance for self-build strengthened
The government has published an update to its Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), fortifying the requirement for local authorities to consider local demand for self-build and custom-build homes when preparing local plans.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Bradford posits green belt-tightening in local plan to meet homes quota
The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has published for consultation its draft local plan for the period 2020 to 2038, which sets out a small decrease in the district’s overall green belt total in order to support growth.
Laura Edgar, The Planner

Wales legislates for net-zero carbon by 2050
Ministers have laid regulations in the Senedd that formally commit Wales to legally binding targets designed to deliver net-zero carbon emissions within 30 years.
Roger Milne, The Planner

Build-to-rent supply increases, suggests research
The number of completed build-to-rent homes increased by 23 per cent in 2020 compared with the number completed in 2019, according to research published by the British Property Federation (BPF).
Laura Edgar, The Planner

News round-up
• Landmark Supreme Court ruling over Essex town or village green registration
• Town centre ‘vision’ published for Liverpool region
• Six-storey scheme approved in Leicester
• Lewes outlines climate strategy
• UK’s has battery storage pipeline 16GW
• And more stories…
Laura Edgar, The Planner

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