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  • Update on Starter Homes

    Jun 27 2016

    The Housing and Planning Act 2016 received royal assent on 12th May 2016 and the first chapter introduces new regulations with regard to the government’s starter home initiatives. The two main aims of the introduction are the increase of housing supply and to provide more affordable homes to young first-time buyers.

  • Permission for Green Belt motel

    Jun 15 2016

    We are delighted to report that we have successfully obtained planning permission in the Green Belt for the demolition of an existing garden centre and bungalow and the erection of a motel on the site of Braceys Nurseries and Garden Centre, near Catherine de Barnes.

  • Update on Solihull’s Housing and Economic Land Assessment

    Jun 03 2016

    Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has confirmed that it is currently working on the evidence documents of its Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) which aims to be published with updated 5-year housing land supply figures around October 2016. At the same time the Council anticipates consulting on their draft Local Plan.

  • Housing and Planning Act 2016 published

    Jun 03 2016

    The full text of the Housing and Planning Act 2016 has now been released. The publication of the act comes around seven months after the Housing and Planning Bill was originally introduced to Parliament in October last year.

  • Vacant Building Credit Reinstated

    Jun 01 2016

    Following a recent Court of Appeal Decision the controversial Vacant Building Credit (VBC) has been reinstated. It operates by providing a financial credit equivalent to the existing gross floor space of relevant vacant buildings when the Local Planning authority calculates any affordable housing contribution.

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