What next for Planning now the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill has landed?
Hot on his heels of last week’s Queen’s Speech, the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill was unveiled promising to deliver radical reform. Truth be told, the status quo is likely to continue for some time to come, says Planning Partner, Jonathan Bainbridge and his Bidwells colleagues, as they reveal the potential impacts of the Bill.
The State Opening of Parliament 2022: What are the implications for Planning?
With yesterday’s State Opening of Parliament presenting 38 separate bills, it is possible to overlook key issues arising for planning. Jack Gandy, Senior Planner at Bidwells, has reviewed the latest announcements to help understand the Government’s intentions for the planning system, and found much reduced ambitions for reform.
Across the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, East and South-Eastern region, Bidwells continues to see strong demand and increased competition for residential development sites. The unceasing demand for development land has driven strong growth in land values and high activity levels, with annual growth in greenfield land values at 8.8% for 2021.
On 16th March 2022, Natural England increased the list of habitat sites that are considered to be in an unfavourable condition due to excessive nutrient levels. The extended list includes both the River Wensum and large parts of the Broads, and the ‘National Map of Catchments’ provided by Natural England suggests that a significant area of Norfolk will be affected by the change.