Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Section 106 plans become law

Plans to allow developers to renegotiate their affordable housing obligations if they believe these are making schemes unviable have become law.

The Growth and Infrastructure Act, which received royal assent yesterday, will allow developers to reopen discussions over section 106 agreements and reduce the number of affordable homes they are providing.

During the passage of the bill through parliament the government accepted an amendment introducing a ‘sunset clause’ to end the measure in April 2016, although the government will be able to extend it if it feels it is still necessary.

The legislation also contains the government’s controversial proposals to increase the size of single-storey extensions that are allowed without planning permission.

Earlier this week peers accepted a compromise put forward by communities secretary Eric Pickles that will allow neighbours to object to extensions even if full planning permission is not required.

The act contains a range of other changes designed to improve the planning process.

Mr Pickles said: ‘The common sense reforms in this Act will make it possible for local businesses to grow and to create the jobs and opportunities people need to get on in life.’

Planning minister Nick Boles added: ‘These new laws will reform our economy so it can boost investment, growth and jobs by streamlining a lot of confusing and overlapping red tape that all too often gets in the way of people’s everyday lives.’

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