Developers shouldn’t be punished for unimplemented schemes

A recent suggestion from the housing and planning minister, Gavin Barwell raised the possibility that developers’ record on implementing schemes would be considered on new planning applications.

Brendan Hodges, senior associate partner on the planning team at Daniel Watney, has said these proposals are unworkable as schemes are often held back through circumstances not under the developer’s control.

“If the government wants to see more homes built, the carrot approach is preferable to the stick” Brendan said in response, “reforming CIL to reward developers who deliver schemes quicker is a practical proposal that would not only help to deliver more affordable homes, but could also reap benefits for local authorities by giving them earlier receipt of the New Homes Bonus and council tax payments.”

Brendan’s comments were featured in Planning magazine.


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