Wednesday, 05 August 2015

Councils unable to appeal special measures

Councils placed under special measures if they are not deemed to be building enough housing will not be able to appeal the decision, the planning minister said last night.

Nick Boles told a select committee that he hoped only a few local authorities would end up under supervision so it would be the exception rather than the rule.

‘They can take the decision to a [judicial review],’ he said, ‘but there is no process of appeal.’

The decision to allow developers to approach the Planning Inspectorate directly if councils are deemed to be underperforming in terms of development was announced alongside a raft of house building measures in September.

Clive Betts, chair of the Communities and Local Government select committee, said it was the first time he had heard that councils would not be able to appeal any claims that they are not building enough.

Mr Boles said last night that he would publish criteria for councils to ensure they are meeting a required level of house building under the new planning regime.

‘We’re looking at the precise details,’ he said. He also denied that the Planning Inspectorate needs more resources to deal with an expected increase in appeals.

Mr Boles also denied that the government was moving back towards a more centralised system, and compared local authorities to schools. ‘They are allowed to stand on their own two feet until they fail,’ he said.

‘We want to be able to back off – I would love to put the Planning Inspectorate out of business – if local authorities were always making decisions quickly and in accordance with their own priorities,’ he added.

Newsletter Sign-up

Related

Articles

  • Harsh measures

    4 August 2015

    Will the new measures to crack down on renting by illegal immigrants work?

  • ECO funds 97% of government-backed energy efficiency measures

    18 December 2014

    One million energy efficiency measures have been installed under government schemes, with 97% of these funded through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

  • Landmark appeal against out-of-London placements refused

    22 October 2014

    Councils can house tenants outside of London without carrying out a detailed assessment of all the available properties nearby, a landmark court ruling has confirmed.

  • Rough measures

    9 September 2014

    The GLA rejected an adjustment to the first homelessness social impact bond to keep rough sleeping figures down, Heather Spurr reports

  • Controversial private landlord loses assault appeal

    8 August 2014

    Fergus Wilson, the private landlord of around 1,000 homes who said he would be evicting tenants claiming housing benefit, has lost an appeal against his conviction for assaulting a local estate agent.

IH Subscription