Housing and Planning Bill gets Royal Assent

A new act requires the government to review SuDS planning policy and councils to create registers of brownfield land with automatic planning consent

The government wants one million new homes built by 2020. Photograph: Mark Richardson/123RF

A law imposing important new requirements on developers has been enacted but there is disappointment about its approach to sustainable drainage.

The Housing and Planning Act was approved by parliament on 11 May and received Royal Assent on 12 May. It contains a number of measures to speed up house-building, including automatic planning consent on sites identified by councils as suitable for development.

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