A tough decision for anyone considering large scale residential development in the current climate will be choosing which projects can possibly benefit from the SHD route. Legislation was introduced in 2017 for a two-year period and due to its initial success, the deadline was extended until the 31st December 2021.
Whether or not the Minister for Housing introduces revised legislation or reverts to the previous process remains to be seen, either way anyone intent on fast tracking their planning application via the SHD route, would be wise to start preparations in Q1 2021.
The design and planning preparation for projects of this scale can range from 6 to 12 months, depending on the outcome of the consultation process, not to mention the current challenges that face the construction industry and economy as a whole.
Understanding the relevant planning regulations and processes and keeping abreast of any changes to legislation is critical for anyone considering residential development. We have provided links to further reading on the SHD route below.
Should you require advice on a specific development, please contact us at Cogent Associates.
Further Reading and Information: