James Cain - Solicitor, Coles Miller

Queen's Speech U-Turn On Zero Carbon Homes 2016 Target4th Jun 2014

by James Cain on 4th Jun 2014

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Today’s Queen’s Speech is expected to include a get-out clause exempting small housing developments from the 2016 zero carbon target.James Cain - Solicitor, Coles Miller

The Infrastructure Bill due to be announced this morning would exclude developments of fewer than 50 homes.

To those outside the industry this might sound like a minor exemption – but developers will see it as a massive U-turn.

Development land is so scarce in towns such as Bournemouth and Poole that the 50 homes figure – four or five acres in real terms – would pretty much cover every scheme locally.

Your chances of securing five acres of prime housing land around here are slim to non-existent.

Gone are the days of the brownfield bonanza. It feels as if all the good sites have already been snapped up.

This is the age of infill development – the harsh reality is today’s house builders are scrabbling to secure back gardens.

The battle to build affordable homes in Bournemouth and Poole is being fought a quarter of an acre at a time.

That is one of the reasons that our planning team is so busy – developers need expert advice to unlock the opportunities in these small sites.

For specialist help with planning applications and appeals, please contact our Planning Consultant James Cain, 01202 673011.