In recent years, speculative developers have made hay across Oxfordshire when our local authorities have fallen foul of rules which say they have to be able to prove a 5 year supply of deliverable housing. The Oxfordshire Growth Board is now looking to negotiate with Government to reduce the rules for Oxfordshire to a 3 year housing supply. But this is only a short term measure and doesn’t address the longer-term impacts or the fundamental unfairness of making local authorities release more land, to the cost of particular communities and greenfield sites, when developers fail to build what they promise.
The opportunity to respond to consultation on the Oxfordshire Growth Board Three Year Housing Land Supply closed on 12 July 2018.
Read NNGO’s response: NNGO response to 3 Year Housing Land Supply Consultation July 18
NNGO has long called for changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and therefore welcomed the Government’s recent consultation on a revised approach. Sadly, there was no attempt to abandon the punitive 5 Year Housing Supply rules or increase pressure on developers to stick to their promises on affordable housing, but instead the potential for further penalties for councils if they fail to meet targets and further weakening of planning protections. In our view, it’s time to re-write the rule book and focus on sustainable, democratically accountable planning.
The opportunity to respond to consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) closed on 10 May 2018.
Read NNGO’s response: NPPF Consultation Draft NNGO Response May 18 FINAL .
The long-awaited draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published for consultation this week (5 March).
In fact, there are two consultations, including a welcome consultation on reforming developer contributions.
The consultation closes on 10 May 2018.
NNGO has long campaigned for revision of the NPPF, to eliminate speculative development and encourage well-planned and affordable housing, but whether the revised draft will fit the bit remains to be seen.
How should we judge the proposals?
- Will they limit the speculative development caused by the 5 Year Housing Supply rules?
- Will they increase the amount of genuinely affordable housing, available in perpetuity?
- Will they help direct development to areas of greatest need rather than greatest demand?
- Will they maintain or increase protection for designated areas such as Green Belt and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty?
- Will they encourage higher quality development, including higher density?
These are some of the criteria against which we will judge the revised planning framework. We will be posting further information on this website once we have had a chance to review the documents in detail.
It is vitally important that the NPPF meets the above criteria given the intense development pressures that Oxfordshire will be facing over the coming years including proposals for new towns and the planned Oxford-Cambridge Growth Corridor and Expressway.