Queen’s Speech 2015


While the Queen made no specific mention of brownfield sites in her speech setting out the Government’s legislative programme over the coming year, the Housing Bill contains provisions for brownfield sites.

The Background Briefing Notes to the Queen’s Speech refer to ‘brownfield’ five times. In his Prime Minister’s Introduction, David Cameron promises that “We will get 90 per cent of suitable brownfield land ready for development.”

Most notably, the Housing Bill will “introduce a statutory register for brownfield land, to help achieve the target of getting Local Development Orders in place on 90% of suitable brownfield sites by 2020.”

Of course this begs the question of what exactly is a brownfield site and what makes one suitable.  Both Speech and Background Briefing Notes are silent on this, so we will have to wait and see.

Perhaps of more local relevance, the Housing Bill will also be used “To simplify and speed up the neighbourhood planning system, to support communities that seek to meet local housing and other development needs through neighbourhood planning.”  This will need modification of existing provisions contained set out in the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 No.637.

The Bramcote Hills Community Association’s planning sub-committee will discuss these provisions at our meeting next week. If you have any questions feel free to reply to this posting or pop in to our stall at the Hemlock Happening on 6 June.

2 thoughts on “Queen’s Speech 2015

  1. Pingback: New Government's intention to Build on Brownfield Sites | Bramcote Today

  2. Following the election on 7 May 2015, the members of the new Development Control Committee have now been published: http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5357

    Former Broxtowe Mayor, Margaret Handley (Conservative) is the new chair of the committee. None of our Bramcote councillors have been appointed to this committee but newly elected independent councillor for Stapleford, Richard MacRae, is a member. Council Leader, Richard Jackson, also attends Development Control and while not representing Bramcote, he does actually live in our ward.

    The next scheduled meeting of the Development Control committee is on 3 June 2015 at 7.00pm. Members of the public are able to attend (http://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5398)

    The Committee’s main role is to determine planning applications. It can also propose matters of planning policy to the Council. As such it will be an important forum for formulating proposals for the finalisation of the Local Plan – including how the council’s development objectives will be achieved without incursion of inappropriate development in the Green Belt.


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