The Government has announced changes to the planning rules, the first major overhaul to the National Planning Policy Framework that's been made in six years.
The areas of the Framework that will change to enable the Government to meet its target of building 300,000 new homes a year in England by the mid-2020's include:
Councils will be tested on the number of new homes built in their areas, rather than on the number planned, and developers will be responsible for providing affordable housing and the infrastructure needed to support their new developments.
Maximising the use of land
Councils will be given more leeway to make use of brownfield and redundant land to build homes that maximise on density. The new rules will also make it easier to build upwards on existing blocks of flats and houses.
Maintaining strong protections for the environment
Green Belt and ancient woodland will be protected and new developments will result in a net gain for the environment.
Ensuring the right homes are built
To deliver homes that meet the needs of a greater number of people, there will be more guaranteed affordable homes, build to rent homes with family friendly tenancies, sites allocated to first time buyers and adapted homes for those who need them.
Higher quality and design
New quality standards will be introduced to improve the design of new homes.
More transparent planning process
Processes will be introduced to make it easier for developers to understand what's expected of them and thereby prevent delays, and councils will be persuaded to work together to help reduce the time frame between planning permissions given and homes built. A review of planning inquiries is also on the way.