Large strategic sites are being planned and delivered through the garden communities and/or healthy new towns programmes. These share common themes of creating great places and spaces for people to live, work and enjoy their lives alongside the natural environment. The role of the master developer and patient capital invested for the long-term returns is attracting more attention in the sector.
Planners and consumers are focussed on good design. We can expect to see the introduction of changes to the National Planning Policy Framework following recommendations from the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, the most significant of which will be a new National Model Design Code. The emphasis is on making beautiful places.
Sustainability in buildings is improving. Innovations though modern methods of construction continue, with more green energy and a phasing out of gas boilers. An emphasis on walkable neighbourhoods in new developments can be supported with sustainable transport options. Housing must be integrated with infrastructure for electric and, in due course, autonomous vehicles.
Green spaces are acknowledged as vital for physical and mental wellbeing. Creating these in new housing developments provides opportunities for bio-diversity net gain - developing with nature, protecting water supplies and mitigating flood risk. They require stewardship for the long-term, which comes at a cost.
Freeholders paying service charges are going to benefit from legislation giving rights like those enjoyed by leaseholders. We can expect to see new regulations which will include requirements for consultation on charges and also give homeowners rights to challenge the reasonableness of charges.
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