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Building up, not out encouraged to accelerate delivery of new homes commitment

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Property developers are being encouraged to build up, not out in order to accelerate the government’s commitment to delivering 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

The ‘build up, not out’ strategy is designed to make better use of space, particularly in urban areas, by increasing housing density.

Neil Johnson, Managing Director of Derbyshire Building Control Partnership, said: “It is not just cities that are extending upwards rather than outwards, but towns as well. Key developments in towns in Derbyshire, like the £320 million Chesterfield Waterside scheme have proposals for a number of high-rise residential buildings in order to maximise the land use and help deliver much-needed homes.”

310 Build to Rent apartments will be created in Phase 1 of Basin Square at Chesterfield Waterside. Outline planning consent was granted in 2016 for the layout, heights and massing of the apartments.

In Derby city centre, DBCP is involved with the five storey Kings Crescent residential development which is being constructed on the edge of the popular Cathedral Quarter. The luxury apartments have already been described as ‘the most breathtaking new residential building in Derby for decades.’ Making full use of the space available, the development features an underground car park for residents.

A 2017 by New London Architecture found that 510 buildings of 20 storeys or more were in the pipeline for London. Planning permission has been requested for what would become London – and the UK’s – second tallest building. The Tulip, designed by Lord Foster, is a non-residential building that would measure 305.3m (1,000 ft), sitting just 3ft shorter than The Shard. Foster and Partners hopes the building will be finished by 2025.

On 1 October 2018 the UK government announced several new housing measures that will help them deliver on their new home delivery commitment, including reforming the planning required for homes, protecting homebuyers and improve the safety of high-rise buildings.

The measures to speed up the system include “clearer guidance to give more certainty for communities when land is needed to make a New Town a reality”, “giving local authorities more flexibility to dispose of surplus land that could instead accommodate new homes” and “introducing a new permitted development right to allow property owners to extend certain buildings upwards, while maintaining the character of residential and conservation areas and safeguarding people’s privacy”.

Neil added: “It makes absolute sense to build up not out to help the UK meet its housing commitment, however we must ensure that every high-rise building whether new or old, is fit for purpose to ensure another Grenfell tragedy does not happen.”

Earlier this year, the government also confirmed that the use of combustible materials will be banned on external walls of high-rise residential buildings following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Learn more about the new regulations for cladding on high-rise buildings here

To ensure your new high-rise project complies with the recent changes in Building Regulations, speak to DBCP‘s team of experts.

DBCP has the knowledge and experience of six local authorities and the systems and resources in place to ensure that any new builds, extensions or renovations are not only safe and legal, but also effective, efficient and protected.

Contact the team now to find out more about DBCP’s services.

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