Experts Consider Legacy And Infrastructure Impact Of Major Sporting Events

Over the past two weeks tmgroup have been hosting a number of round table events in the hope of answering an integral question: how can we improve collaboration between key stakeholders in the new build process?

Following the final event in Birmingham on Thursday July 18th, delegates may feel a little closer to reaching a positive conclusion.

The events have been insightful with attendees offering their expertise into outlining the current challenges and considering the major changes that are needed as well as identifying the minor amendments that have the potential to make a huge difference.

Stuart Tym, representing Irwin Mitchell, referred to a recent paper exposing the public’s lack of trust in both developers and local councils.

The discussion unravelled the unfortunate and consistent decline of local planning departments as contributing towards a lack of skill and understanding that is consequently delaying the planning process.

Instead of collaboration, key Governmental decision makers were seen to be creating a divisive chasm between developers and local authorities with Housing Minister Kit Malthouse insisting the Government will continue to ‘fight their corner with developers.’

A lack of consistency amongst local authorities was considered to be a barrier to improving efficiency in the planning process. Some were complimentary of the pre-application advice service offered by a number of planning departments. However, it was clear that many developers were not offered help, and this had a clear impact on the speed of planning decisions.

Others in attendance pointed out that developers, uncertain of the content they need to submit, are holding up the process. Even where advice was offered, some claimed misinterpretations were leading to incorrect pre-applications.

Homes England concluded proceedings by discussing the legacy importance large scale events can have on a community.

The Commonwealth Games 2022 regeneration project within the Perry Barr area of Birmingham was used as an example of successfully improving an area struggling to grow. In addition to providing over 1,800 modern residential units to the area, the infrastructure improvements will also reinvigorate the region.

Roads, pedestrian walkways, public transport links will all be modernised and adapted to suit the needs of the area for the games and beyond.

Anecdotal evidence from Homes England revealed an increase in developer confidence in building in areas once viewed as high risk developments; suggesting that the legacy impact may expand beyond the initial area being used for the games.

Overall, the delegates have been clear with regards to key areas for development. The new build sector needs improved communication between key stakeholders, shared data and an easier transference between stakeholders and improved consistency with legislative decision making were viewed as crucial ingredients in creating a more streamlined process which will benefit the consumer.

What do you think? How can the relationship between conveyancers and developers improve? What changes need to be made to improve the communication between agents and conveyancers?

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