Partners will be reviewing the proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework and wider planning reforms in the Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill as it goes through Parliament, latest progress can be found here. Previously they had been reviewing the Government’s Levelling Up white paper, where a briefing from SELEP can be found here, and the Planning for the Future white paper where a joint response to the consultation was subsequently submitted to Government.
The newly launched Homes England Strategic Plan 2023-28, refocuses on quality, place making and regeneration rather than just housing numbers. Five key objectives include vibrant and successful places and homes people need, supported by a range of Key Performance Indicators.
The Housing Information Hub, developed by Homes England, also signposts local authorities and other housing providers to guidance and tools relating to homebuilding, placemaking and regeneration.
Local plan making is progressing with a number of plans going forward for examination, however, a few have been delayed. For the latest position on individual local plans, please see the links below. Housing Need Assessments (HNA) and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessments (SHLAAs) continue to form a major part of the wider evidence base to support Local Plans and investment in infrastructure.
The plans for new garden communities are being developed across Essex including Chelmsford Garden Community, Harlow and Gilston Garden Town, Tendring and Colchester Borders Garden Community and Uttlesford District Council Garden Communities in their local plan. The Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) is also developing a blueprint for new homes, jobs and infrastructure through a joint planning framework. Further details of their strategic place partnership with Homes England and five pioneering programmes can be found here.
The Building Garden Communities programme is now in its third year 2023-24, led by the Essex / Kent Developers Group with support from the South Essex Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). To-date, a series of events have been delivered by White Label including:
Building Garden Communities – 3rd Conference, 26 April 2023
Round Table – Building Garden Communities, 27 September 2022
Building Garden Communities – 2nd Conference, 24 May 2022
Round Table – build back beautiful, 22 July 2021
Building Garden Communities – 1st Conference, March 2021
Round Table – impact of the proposed planning reforms, September 2020
Essex Developers and Kent Developers Group have been sharing best practice on Stewardship and also looking at what kind of model might work best, providing flexibility for differing developments and future conveyancing. This includes looking at a number of Garden Communities as they develop such as
Otterpool Park, Folkstone, Kent
Landgarth Garden Village, Cornwall
The group is keen to test different models of stewardship – endowment v charging, look at the best way to engage education and health to establish when and how new facilities should be delivered in garden community schemes. Consider how model / approach can be best embedded in local plans. Determine how flexibility can be introduced for varying developments / requirements. Explore the role of the New Homes Ombudsman regarding potential malpractice in estate management.
A draft Stewardship Charter for Harlow and Gilston Garden Town is live for consultation until 1 October and can be found here, before being adopted by the HGGT Board and by the local planning authorities.
Our Estate Charging & Stewardship Work in Progress report – seeks to capture key areas of work and outcomes to-date.
Essex is made up of 15 Local Planning Authorities including City, District, Borough, Unitary and County Councils. The following links will take you to each local authorities planning page for the latest local plan update:
more to be added…
The Thames Estuary is the UK’s number one growth opportunity. Located in the south-east of England, on the country’s most important waterway, we are in a good place.
The Thames Estuary Growth Board, led by our government-appointed Envoy, Kate Willard, is driving forward an action plan: “The Green Blue”.
This builds on the previous Thames Estuary 2050 Vision
and is informed by the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan
for managing tidal flood risk in the Thames estuary to the end of the century and beyond. It looks at out how the Environment Agency will protect 1.25 million people and £200 billion worth of property from tidal flood risk.
Three phases form part of the 2100 Plan. Currently in Phase 1 until 2035, maintaining and improving current defences, middle phase will see ‘low-scale’ raising of existing tidal defences and final phase to include ‘large-scale’ raising of new and existing tidal defences as well as possible new tidal flood barriers.
Other reports include: Bricks and Water
a plan of action for building homes and managing water in England, launched in summer 2018. The report aims to evaluate how water and housing policy is currently being implemented in England, and to set out an ambitious strategic plan for delivering water-efficient homes at volume, that are resilient to flooding.
Updated in June 2023 by their latest report: Managing flood risk and accelerating adaptation in a climate emergency