Tory leadership hopeful Rishi Sunak has proposed a major shake-up of planning rules requiring developers to build on sites with planning permission within a set timeframe or face losing them to councils.
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In comments posted on his Linked In social media site, the former chancellor has pledged…
“to make sure developers build out faster on sites where they already have planning permission” to “drive up house-building while protecting the green belt.”
This means developers will be required to “build on land which already has planning permission locally first before they are granted more permissions in the same area,” said Sunak.
If the land has not been built on within an agreed time frame, enhanced compulsory purchase order powers will enable councils to purchase the land back at a discount,” he said.
Furthermore, he proposed a “build-out levy to be raised on unbuilt planning permissions after a set period of time.”
Sunak’s plans depart significantly from measures to tackle the slow build-out of permissions set out in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, published in May and currently going through its second reading.
The Bill includes a proposal to introduce commencement notices, which require applicants to say when they propose to start work on-site, and a reform of the operation of completion notices, in a bid to encourage the quick build-out of schemes.
Explanatory notes, published alongside the bill, state that commencement notices will require developers of certain schemes – the details of which will be set out in regulations – to provide, prior to starting work, the intended commencement date of works on the application.
The two remaining Conservative Party leadership candidates have both used planning and housing delivery as focal points for their campaign strategies.