Property lawyers at Penningtons Manches have welcomed a number of provisions in the Housing Bill announced in the Queen's Speech – particularly those relating to brownfield sites and the planning process:
Martin Codd, head of the firm’s property entrepreneurs group, said: “The changes proposed in the new Housing Bill reflect the new government’s determination to tackle the huge challenge of building enough homes to meet present and future demand. These two provisions will help to alleviate the housing crisis and allow new brownfield sites to be identified and redeveloped.
“Let's hope that some of the other proposals to streamline the planning process will also help ease the log jam which is inherent in the system so that new homes can be built much more quickly.”
Codd also welcomes the changes proposed in the Bill to reform the Non-Domestic Rates system. These include:
The Queen’s Speech can be read here.