Planning and Development Update - January 2017

Monday, 9th January 2017

The Vacant Building Credit Lottery

In May 2016 the Vacant Building Credit ("VBC") was reintroduced via the National Planning Policy Guidance ("NPPG"). VBC applies to any building that has not been abandoned that is brought back into any lawful use, or is demolished to be replaced by a new building.

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Strengthening The Role of Neighbourhood Planning

Monday's ministerial statement from Gavin Barwell, the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, further strengthens the role that the Government sees neighbourhood plans having in the determination of planning applications, particularly where the local planning authority is unable to demonstrate a five year housing land supply (5 YHLS).

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Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016

The Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Regulations 2016 (2016 Regulations) came into force on 31st October 2016. The Regulations replace the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding (Register) Regulations 2016 and make a number of amendments that affect local authorities.

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