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Adams Hendry Planning & Built Environment News Round-Up - 21st November 2018

The Adams Hendry News Round-Up highlights recent news and commentary relating to planning and the built environment.


This week’s round-up includes the latest figures on housing delivery, the risk of villages becoming ‘frozen in time’, and a guide to listed post-modern buildings in England.


Incremental increase in net additional dwellings (The Planner – Requires Log-in)

“There was a 2 per cent year-on-year increase in the number of net additional dwellings delivered in 2017/18.

In total, there were 222,190 net additional dwellings in England, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) statistical release shows.

This breaks down into 195,290 new-build homes; 29,720 gains from the change of use between non-domestic and residential; 4,550 from conversions between houses and flats; and 680 other gains. This is offset by 8,050 demolitions.

Of the 29,720 change of use additions, 13,536 were delivered through permitted development rights. This includes 11,555 from former offices and 743 from agricultural buildings. 

Housing secretary James Brokenshire said: “Today’s figures are great news and show another yearly increase in the number of new homes delivered, but we are determined to do more to keep us on track to deliver the homes communities need.

“That’s why we have set out an ambitious package of measures to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s. This includes over £44 billion investment, rewriting the planning rules and scrapping the borrowing cap so councils can deliver a new generation of council housing.”

The statistical release can be found here on the MHCLG website.


Housing supply (Local Government Lawyer)

“A High Court judge recently rejected a council's application for an order quashing a planning inspector's grant of permission for a 29-dwelling development. James Goudie QC explains why.

In Cheshire East Council v SoS for HCLG (2018) EWHC 2906 (Admin) the claimant council sought an Order quashing the decision of the SoS’s Inspector to grant outline planning permission for 29 dwellings. The central issue in the claim was whether the Inspector misunderstood and/or misapplied paragraph 47 of the first NPPF, in particular with the requirement for LPAs to demonstrate a five-year “deliverable” housing supply…”


'Unsustainable' villages risk being frozen in time, say landowners (The Guardian)

“More than 2,000 English villages risk being “frozen in time” because town halls have ruled they are unsustainable and not suitable for new homes, rural landowners have warned.

Cornwall, Wiltshire and central Lincolnshire are the areas with the most villages that, according to local planning strategies, cannot easily be expanded with new homes because they lack access to services such as post offices and primary schools.

Critics say that the system of branding villages unsustainable is being driven by nimby opposition to development. They add that it is causing a shortage of affordable rural housing and that younger people being forced to move to towns and cities. This means some villages will be inhabited by ageing populations, which potentially stores up problems for social care in the future.

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which has analysed hundreds of local authority planning policies, said: “The process effectively fossilises these villages instead of seeking to address the reasons behind why services are being lost, creating a cycle of decline.”

More than 200 villages in Cornwall, more than 100 in south Oxfordshire and 75 villages in Huntingdonshire are among those identified as unsustainable.

Martin Tett, a housing spokesman for the Local Government Association, said: “Councils are committed to tackling the housing crisis and delivering the right homes in the right places. “Crucially, this includes councils working with their communities to develop and agree local plans, setting out their vision for developments where they live. As every street, village, town and city is different and will have different levels of need and opportunity for housing growth, it should be for councils working with communities to determine how and where new homes are built.””


Tideway’s fleet of safer HGVs helps protect vulnerable road users (Tideway)

“The company building London’s super sewer has invested in a fleet of HGVs designed to be safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

Tideway’s innovative new ‘Low Entry Cab’ (LEC) vehicles feature redesigned cabs that increases the amount of direct driver vision, providing a much better chance of drivers seeing vulnerable road users, especially cyclists. 

Tideway is now using 27 LEC vehicles across the project, with more expected to come into use over the course of construction.

Steve Hails, Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, said: “Ensuring the safety of not only those working on site, but also those potentially impacted by our operations, including vulnerable road users, is one of Tideway’s core values.

“Our goal is to transport most of our material by river, significantly reducing the amount of HGVs on the road during construction. Where this isn’t possible, we’ve pledged to use the safest vehicles available when working on the project.

“These HGVs are part of a number of measures, including enhanced driver training, that show our commitments to making London safer for all road users.”

The use of these LEC HGVs will help raise awareness of the Mayor’s proposed HGV Safety Permit Scheme, incorporating the Direct Vision Standard (DVS), which Tideway has been working with TfL to develop. The DVS was launched at a Tideway worksite in 2016.”


A spotter’s guide to Post-Modern architecture (Historic England)

“Post-Modernism in architecture was an international phenomenon, which can be defined by its relationship to the Modern Movement.

While embracing the technology of industrialised society, Post-Modern architects looked to previous traditions for style and embraced metaphor and symbolism.

Emerging in the 1970s, Post-Modernism was short lived and, as a result, surviving examples of significance in Britain are rare and predominantly found in London or the South East.

In Europe, Post-Modernism focused on urban context with abstracted references to classicism and the regional vernacular, while in the US the movement prioritised monumental architecture designed in the country’s architectural traditions.

British Post-Modernism used traditional materials and drew influence from architects like Lutyens, movements like Arts and Crafts, and the eclecticism of the Edwardian period…”


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