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Can ‘permission in principle’ for new housing in England increase certainty, reduce ‘planning risk’, and accelerate housing supply?

Gallent, Nick, de Magalhaes, Claudio, Trigo, Sonia Freire, Scanlon, Kathleen and Whitehead, Christine M E (2019) Can ‘permission in principle’ for new housing in England increase certainty, reduce ‘planning risk’, and accelerate housing supply? Planning Theory and Practice. ISSN 1464-9357

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14649357.2019.1672772

Abstract

In this article we examine the probable impact of moving towards ‘up front’ planning permission for housing schemes in England, on development pace and future housing supply. That examination draws on interviews and focus groups with planning professionals, house builders, land promoters and others involved in land development. We begin by exploring the apparent effect of planning and ‘regulatory risk’ on development, before examining strategies, including upfront ‘permission in principle’ (PiP), that claim the potential to reduce that risk and deliver greater certainty for the development sector. The broader focus for this article is how those compliance-based strategies might operate in England’s otherwise discretionary planning system, in which the power to scrutinise and make decisions rests with local government and elected politicians, and what benefits they might bring.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rptp20/current
Additional Information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 12:06
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2019 09:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102124

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