Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill
A new piece of planning legislation has recently received Royal Assent.
The Housing and Planning Bill 2016 was written to support the government’s plan to deliver 200,000 starter homes during the life of the parliament, and also brings in measures to prevent tenants of rental properties from being taken advantage of by their rogue letting agent or landlord. This Act will mean that starter homes are incorporated as an affordable housing category on new build developments, and that landlords and agents must keep tenants’ money separate from their own.
During this week’s Queens Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, a further draft Bill was presented called the Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill. The purpose of this Bill is to make it simpler to ensure neighbourhood development can get underway without unnecessary delays, and beef up, as well as streamline the compulsory purchase orders scheme meaning that the process will be clearer, fairer and faster for all involved. It also contains provisions for the privatisation of the Land Registry. This scheme was first mooted in 2014 and then rejected, although life has been given to a further consultation on the same topic. Given the inclusion of the scheme in the draft Bill it seems that whilst the consultation remains out for comment, the government are very much of the mind that this is something they would like to complete. This is of concern to us all.