Spring Statement 2019: Property Tax
To move towards the government’s target of dramatically increasing the number and quality of the UK’s housing stock, the government announced that it was moving forward with planning reform and other measures to remove the barriers to building more and better houses.
The main announcements were:
Response to consultation on planning reform – a package of reforms will be introduced including allowing greater change of use between premises, and a new permitted development right to allow upwards extension of existing buildings to create new homes.
Accelerated planning Green Paper – a Green Paper will be published setting out proposals on how greater capacity and capability, performance management and procedural improvements can accelerate the end-to-end planning process.
Planning for future high streets – a consultation will be published shortly exploring potential changes to help local areas make better use of planning tools to support their local high streets, including through Compulsory Purchase Orders, Local Development Orders and other innovative planning measures.
Independent report on build out rates – the government will introduce additional planning guidance to support housing diversification on large sites.
Compulsory energy efficiency in homes – the government will introduce a Future Homes Standard by 2025, so that new-build homes are future-proofed with low-carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency.