The idea behind the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) scheme was straightforward when it was introduced in 2017: the construction of housing needed to be quicker, and drastic measures were necessary to facilitate it.
The cost of housing had rapidly increased, due to an acute shortage of units. A fast-track system, which would circumvent the local authority planning process, was proposed in the public forum as the main solution to the problem. Developers complained that they were...
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