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Adams Hendry Planning & Built Environment News Round-Up - 26th September 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 household projections for England, additional funding for housing associations, and the latest DCO application decision.


Household projections in England: 2016-based (Office for National Statistics) 

  • “The number of households in England is projected to increase by 4.0 million (17%) over the next 25 years, from 22.9 million in 2016 to 26.9 million in 2041. 
  • This equates to 159,000 additional households each year compared with the 210,000 previously projected. 
  • Households headed by someone aged 65 years and over account for 88% of the total growth in households between 2016 and 2041. 
  • The highest growth of households is projected to take place in London; while the North East is projected to have the slowest rate of household growth of all regions. 
  • Five of the ten local authorities with the highest rate of household growth are in London. 


"Today’s [20th September] figures show that the number of households in England is projected to increase by 4 million between 2016 and 2041, a slower growth than previously projected. This reflects lower projections of the population – notably assumptions around future births, how long we’ll live and migration – and more up-to-date figures about living arrangements, such as living with parents or cohabiting. 

“We project the majority of household growth over the next 25 years will be because of the rise in the number of households being headed by someone aged 65 years and over. This shows the impact an ageing population is having on household growth.” 

Joanna Harkrader, Centre for Ageing and Demography, Office for National Statistics.”


£2bn government cash for housing associations (The Planner – Requires Log-In) 

“Prime Minister Theresa May has announced £2 billion in funding for housing associations in a bid to give them the ‘long-term certainty’ they need to have a ‘central’ role in helping to address the housing crisis. 

Speaking at the National Housing Federation Summit today (19 September), she pledged to work in partnership with housing associations to get more people on the housing ladder as well as to make sure those who cannot afford to own have somewhere they can be proud to call home. 

The government has already announced several measures to support housing associations, including not extending the local housing cap to the social sector.

“You said that if you were going to take a serious role in not just managing but building the homes this country needs, you had to have the stability provided by long-term funding deals,” said May.

Eight housing associations have been given deals worth £600 million, she continued, before announcing that new longer-term partnerships will be opened up to the “most ambitious housing associations through a groundbreaking £2 billion initiative”.”


Yorkshire power station granted consent (Bircham Dyson Bell)

“Today’s entry reports on the latest decision on a Development Consent Order application. 

On Thursday, seven days before the end of the allotted three months, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) for a gas-fired power station at Eggborough, North Yorkshire. 

It’s becoming a trend, the title of the DCO was amended from The Eggborough CCGT (Generating Station) Order to the Eggborough Gas Fired Generating Station Order…”


Statistics show small fall in decisions made to June 2018 (The Planner – Requires Log-in) 

“District-level planning authorities granted 374,200 decisions in the year ending June 2018 – a 3 per cent decline on the year ending June 2017, according to statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). 

This includes 48,800 residential developments – 6,400 major developments and 42,400 minor developments. This is a decline of 2 per cent and 3 per cent respectively when compared with the year ending June 2017. 

District councils granted 9,700 commercial developments, 11 per cent less than the previous year. 

Between April and June 2018, district councils received 118,100 applications for planning permission, a decline of 4 per cent when compared with same period in 2017. 

They granted 94,300 decisions, 4 per cent less than between April and June 2017, but equivalent to 88 per cent of decisions, which is unchanged from a year earlier. 

In total 87 per cent of major applications were decided within 13 weeks or the agreed time, 1 per cent down from a year earlier.    

Other district level statistics in the report include: 

  • 11,900 residential applications granted – 3 per cent less than a year earlier. Breaks down into 1,500 major developments and 10,300 for minor ones.
  • 2,200 commercial development applications, down 10 per cent on a year earlier.
  • 10,100 prior approval for permitted development rights between April and June 2018, a 9 per cent decline compared with the same quarter in 2017. 1,200 applications for changes to residential use, with 800 approved without going through the full planning process. 

Planning Applications in England: April to June 2018 can be found on the MHCLG website (pdf).


Planning, Brexit (Simonicity) 

“In all the Brexit noise, like me you may have missed that a draft Bill of Parliament is shortly to be published by DEFRA that will have direct relevance for English planners and planning lawyers. 

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 was enacted on 26 June 2018. As a result of amendments to the Bill introduced in the House of Lords and substantially accepted when the Bill returned to the Commons, section 16 of the Act seeks to secure that “environmental principles” are maintained once we leave the EU and we no longer have the monitoring and enforcement functions currently being carried out by the European Commission and European Court of Justice…”


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Suzanne Pidgeon, Technical Director 01962 877414 | s.pidgeon@adamshendry.co.uk