Queen's Speech U-Turn On Zero Carbon Homes 2016 Target4th Jun 2014
Today’s Queen’s Speech is expected to include a get-out clause exempting small housing developments from the 2016 zero carbon target.
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.