In EA Development+Infrastructure’s Housing and the Environment survey, consultants, planners and other industry representatives identified contaminated land as the most likely environmental factor to unhinge a housing scheme at the planning stage, closely followed by poor stakeholder engagement and flood risk.
Respondents were also asked which developer they believe to be the most sympathetic to environmental issues - although tellingly 70% felt that none of the the top ten house-builders are perceived particularly favorably in this respect.
In this Client Sector Insight Report the results of our exclusive survey are revealed, including whether recent changes to planning policy have successfully facilitated development. We investigate where the main opportunities and potential pitfalls lie for environmental planning consultants and their developer clients, and how leaving the EU could further disrupt the market dynamics.
EA D+I also interviewed a selection of leading specialists to find out their perspectives on the changing trends and future of a sector, which is under pressure to meet increasing targets, and how it is expected to hold up on account of Brexit.
Download the full report and find out their answers to the following:
- Are commercial property specialists moving towards housing?
- Is the trend towards specialist services or a holistic bundle of services?
- What environmental factors in urban developments are rising up the agenda?
- Is a mix of brownfield and greenfield essential to meet housing need?
- Have planning policy changes over the past six years made it easier to gain planning permission on green belt land?
- How are some consultants responding to the demands of large-scale, mixed-use developments?
- Which environmental factors do consultants consider to represent the greatest hurdles for development and the best opportunities?
- Should consultants go for low-cost and local commoditisation or high-end integrated multidisciplinary development services?
- Is delivering 300,000 homes every year feasible?
- And how will Brexit affect the number of houses to be built?
This special report also reviews the state of the UK housing market; key issues impacting brownfield versus greenfield development; and the likely impacts of forthcoming policy changes and Brexit on future demand scenarios and growth in the housing sector.
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