Levelling up and the Regeneration Bill: Further Hope for Under-Utilised Land?
Posted on 20 May 2022
Could the new Bill assist with brownfield development
and encourage the use of under-utilised buildings? There are some positive
- Land Ownership
Data: Information on contractual
arrangements used by developers to acquire and control land will be collected
and published, to make it easier to trace who ultimately owns and controls land
in England and Wales.
Purchase: The Compulsory Purchase
Order (CPO) system will be overhauled to enable Local Planning Authorities to
use these powers for regeneration purposes, e.g. to help with the purchase of
- High Streets: Local authorities will also have the power to set up
auctions to rent out commercial properties on high streets and in town centres
that have been left vacant for more than 12 months.
- Second Homes: A council tax premium will be levied on second homes.
Priorities Statements: A simplified
neighbourhood planning tool will be rolled out to give communities a way of
putting forward their priorities. Local Planning Authorities will need to take
these views into account when putting together local plans.
- Street Votes: A
new system to allow residents to propose development on their street and hold a
vote on whether it should receive planning permission
Some of these measures certainly strike a chord with
what we are working towards at Land Attic. Did you know that we are busy
collating details of brownfield sites across the UK on a daily basis, as well
as redundant and derelict properties and land that have been identified by members
of communities and submitted to Land Attic?