Section 106 Is Back!
Posted 17 August 2015 - 12:30 PM
Great news, that should help improve the supply of new homes!!
Posted 17 August 2015 - 02:05 PM
Posted 17 August 2015 - 02:34 PM
Self-builders were SPECIFICALLY named as exempted.
The lunatic policy that idiot Brandon Lewis subsequently pushed out was "designed" (I use the term advisedly) to increase building on the smaller plots developed by larger-than-self-build builders, so from 2 to 10 units. It would have almost ended the supply of affordable housing in rural areas because LAs would have lost the funds generated by the most common size of plot.
That is, unless something has happened meanwhile to change things - again.
Posted 18 August 2015 - 08:47 AM
Posted 18 August 2015 - 11:19 AM
Confusion reigns, basically, although the upshot is that "everyone has to pay something" because the ONLY exemption (and I was wrong on the fundamentals of that because so much is still in contention hereabouts) was for self-builders and CIL. So apologies for that.
I've just had a lengthy conversation with a senior planner and he advised that ANY self-builder faced with a s106 affordable housing contribution should write to their LA and push for an amendment to their LA's Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for an extension of the CIL exemption to cover s106. (He said that in his own case - he built his current house - he paid £9K and wasn't happy.) It's a campaign that needs starting, so get the word out and chase up your MP as well.
Posted 18 August 2015 - 12:22 PM
In addition to the small sites exemption back in April the government limited how many S106 councils could pool (to provide funding for the same purpose) to five. Most councils had already issued more than five S106 for "affordable housing" so no new S106 for that purpose should have been issued after April 2015. They could still issue S106 for site specific issues such as tree planting or other purposes that cannot be funded by the CIL.
For details see..
This was intended to force council to move from S106 to the CIL. I don't know how or if the recent court case changes the above?
Regarding the CIL...
Scroll down here to "Exemption for self-build housing" (54a)
Posted 18 August 2015 - 12:26 PM
It appears some councils might be doing just that to avoid their own sites being subject to S106...