Autumn statement 2014
- £2.3bn of capital investment in over 1,400 flood defence projects.
- £15 billion investment in the road network.
- £141m to support the London Legacy Development Corporation and Mayor of London’s plans to build a new higher education and cultural quarter at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
- Proposals to directly commission new housing and extend the affordable housing programme.
- £55 million to support the extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside.
- £100 million to fund infrastructure and land remediation to kick start a new garden city at Ebbsfleet.
- Approval for the Grahame Park, Blackwall Reach, Aylesbury Estate and New Union Wharf regeneration projects.
- Proposals to release land with the capacity for up to 150,000 homes between 2015 and 2020.
- Support for Bicester to provide up to 13,000 new homes.
- Plans to take forward the development of Northstowe.
- Invest in the ‘northern powerhouse’.
- Changes to the regime for Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).
- Improvements to the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) to reduce the administrative burden on construction businesses.
- Extending affordable housing capital investment to 2018-19 and 2019-20.
- Consulting on options to streamline the process for selling on shared ownership properties, and extending shared ownership.
- Ensuring the principle of development need only be established once.
- Taking steps to speed up section 106 negotiations, including revised guidance, consulting on a faster process for reaching agreement, considering how timescales for agreement could be introduced, and improving transparency.
- Keeping the speed of decisions on major applications under review, with the minimum performance threshold increasing to 50% of major decisions on time.
- Publishing new data on local authorities’ performance in meeting their statutory duty to process smaller planning applications within 8 weeks.
- Working with industry and local authorities to test whether more can be done to support the approval of small sites.
- Publishing proposals for making the Compulsory Purchase Regime clearer, faster and fairer, with the aim of bringing forward more brownfield land for development.
- Allocating £25 million of funding in 2015-16 for first‑time heating systems in off-gas-grid homes in England.
- Increasing funding by £100 million over 2014-15 and 2015-16 to support households installing energy efficiency improvements.
- Excluding all companies substantially benefiting from other government support for the generation of renewable energy from also benefiting from tax-advantaged venture capital schemes, with the exception of community energy generation undertaken by qualifying organisations.
- Extending the Enterprise Zone in Nottingham to a site in Derby, and considering the case for further extensions to existing Enterprise Zones.
- Discussing plans for a Growth Zone in Croydon.
- Working on a simplification programme for the local licensing regime for small business, with an expectation that, by 2018, every local authority will offer a single online application process where businesses only need register their details once.
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