On the 24th July Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, announced a long-term plan to deliver more homes, including notably a (re)commitment to the 300,000 new homes a year target.
The 10 point plan also includes the launch of a consultation incorporating support for farm diversification and development, including reform to Class Q agricultural to residential conversion rights and other permitted rights for commercial and residential properties, which could bring new opportunities for farmers and landowners.
Beyond a welcome acknowledgement of rural opportunities, the plan focuses on urban renewal, delivery of development in Cambridge, ‘beautiful design’ and community involvement. In an attempt to walk a line between reviving housing delivery and countryside protection, there is a reiteration of the protection for the green belt. The plan also notably commits to the publication of the much delayed updated National Planning Policy Framework in the autumn.
Whilst the impact of any new policies will always be in the detail and delivery, we will be assessing the consultation document in detail to evaluate the potential opportunities that might arise.