sTREET vOTES!

Street vote development orders are a tool that will give residents the ability to propose development on their street and vote on whether the development should be given planning permission.

 

 

The government has announced a consultation on the detailed operation of the street votes development order system.

 Street vote development orders are a tool that will give residents the ability to propose development on their street and vote on whether the development should be given planning permission.
 

The government has announced a consultation on the detailed operation of the street votes development order system.

The policy was inspired by recent successful estate regeneration ballots in London where a majority of residents have often voted for redevelopment.

Street votes are an alternative to traditional forms of planning permission which gives residents of a street the ability to propose development on their street, for example, the addition of an extra storey to properties or the building of affordable housing and, subject to the proposal meeting certain requirements, vote on whether the development should be given planning permission.

The consultation paper summarises as follows how SVDOs will work in practice:

“ A group of residents which meets certain requirements will be able to come together with a proposal for permission to be granted for development on their street, for example the addition of an extra storey to properties. The proposal can be put forward by the group of residents directly or with the assistance of an individual such as an architect.

The proposal will be examined by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State to check that the proposed development is in scope and that requirements prescribed in secondary legislation are met. These requirements will help ensure that development meets high design standards and that local impacts are taken into account.

If the proposal passes the examination, it is then put to a referendum. Where the required threshold of votes is met, subject to any final checks, the Planning Inspectorate will make the street vote development order on behalf of the Secretary of State. Once the street vote development order is made, granting planning permission, a person with control of the land can then decide whether they want to take forward development.

Where street vote development takes place, local authorities will be able to capture value from the new development and use it to fund infrastructure that will support the local area.”

Residents can put forward a proposal directly or with an architect. To qualify for an application, the consultation proposes that a group of residents must contain at least 20% of the total number of individuals registered to vote in local council elections on the street.

For streets with between 10 and 25 residential properties, a sliding scale of participants is required to qualify for an application.

Qualifying groups will be required to engage with the community about their proposals in a manner they see appropriate.

The Government proposes that for the procedure to be available there will need to be at least ten residential properties in the street, with rules as to the minimum size of the qualifying group of voters and percentage of votes required as follows:

The consultation period closes on 2 February 2024, watch this space!

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