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Predicting the 2024 Market in the North West

Planning specialist, Chrisa Tsompani, recently featured in RECOM Solution’s whitepaper, predicting the 2024 market in the North West.

In the whitepaper, Chrisa talks about the trends and obstacles as well as the future:

‘’In my opinion, there will be a stronger focus on sustainable and eco-friendly construction practices, which will influence property designs and developments. The introduction of the Biodiversity Net Gain obligation, which requires new developments to improve and enhance the pre-development biodiversity value of a site under construction by 10% will affect the way new developments are designed in the future. The climate change and energy concerns will also set new priorities and parameters in the way new developments will be designed, approved by the authorities and constructed.

Especially in the cities of Manchester and Liverpool, I believe that the focus will be more on delivering a variety of types of housing accommodation, to promote diversity and social inclusion which will lead to more sustainable communities. An increasing demand for elderly accommodation is also on the horizon, supported by the recently adopted NPPF. Finally, more green and recreational spaces will be required, especially in the city centres, to respond to the citizens’ preference for outdoor activities and well-being.

The planning process and system are also factors which affect the way property transactions and deals are negotiated and completed. Although the two big cities in the North West, Manchester and Liverpool, tend to support and expedite ambitious developments that promote their adopted strategies and vision, the planning system has been increasingly complicated and politicised and most local authorities in the area and the UK, in general, are under-resourced and not in a position to process planning applications within reasonable timeframes. So, the risk of delays due to the planning process should always be factored and experts’ advice should be sought at a very early stage.’’

Chrisa Tsompani is a planning partner at Davitt Jones Bould. She is highly experienced in complex planning and environmental issues, having advised on planning and highway agreements, Biodiversity Net Gain, development control, enforcement, planning policy, s106 and s111 agreements as well as compulsory purchase orders to name a few.   



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