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Amendment of the planning process leading to a more appropriate housing stock for future society.

Comment 15th July 2010

The current planning system and process is slow tired and cumbersome and still involves the cook, baker and candlestick maker who do not have required expertise. The process leads to a point where developers are now no longer able to build developments that they and residents can be proud of, make money, hold their value and are fit for purpose. Developers purchase sites and are then firstly forced by plans to cram attached houses into less room than in the past and setting properties on streets with inadequate parking, no front gardens and on top of each other. Such estates are creating the ghettos of tomorrow by maling families live on top of each and removing the whole street communities. This also creates tension between families living too close. On top of this, current social housing are inappropriate. Firstly the integration of housing with other stock creates issues. Secondly, current regs for houses mean that they are now so expensive to build that developers have another cost issue on top of current economic issues. Developers are currently unable to sell homes due to surveyors downvaluing on orders from banks so they can reduce lending. This means people can’t afford to buy, developers suffer and future housing plans and needs suffer. Idea is to help the developers through these tough times for a longer view of housing needs and also protect and industry and its workforce while making a fair and appropriate future housing plan.

Why does this matter?

The UK is and has always been built on its housing. A reduction in regulation and improvement in the profits of developers and quality of developments we can all be proud of, this will allow for housing fit for the country, developers able to survive and invest in technology and staff in future and safeguard them for future. increased future confidence for lenders in new houses will derive and therefore lenders must be encouraged to lend properly at this time to get this going.

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