Councils required to report the deals done with developers, in shake up of the rules

The government is set to bring in new rules requiring councils to report on the deals struck with developers, in a move to bring greater transparency to the process.

Developers currently have to pay for infrastructure such as GP surgeries, schools, roads and parks, to ensure the area will be able to cope with the influx of new residents.

The government hopes that by simplifying the rules, residents can easily view how much developers are paying for infrastructure in their area, in order to give them confidence in new housing projects. Simplification of the rules will also make it faster for councils to apply the Community Infrastructure Levy – and for local residents to benefit from the money.

Minister of State for Housing Kit Malthouse MP said: “The reforms not only ensure developers and councils don’t shirk their responsibilities, allowing residents to hold them to account - but also free up councillors to fund bigger and more complicated projects over the line.”

In 2016/17 developers were charged £6 billion in contributions, however councils have previously not been required to report on the total amount of funding received or how it is spent.

It is hoped that the change of the rules will speed up the process of delivering complex projects at pace to meet the government’s target of building 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

Elmhurst supports any change of the rules which leads to greater transparency of the house building process, which should always be carried out in a sustainable way for communities. The acceleration of house building projects is good news for our On Construction members who play a crucial part in the compliance process.

Article Published: 5th June 2019

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