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.