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Government consultation on proposals for reform of the planning system in England

Published on Tuesday, 18th August 2020

On 6 August 2020 the Government launched its Planning for the Future consultation.

The Planning for the Future consultation proposes reforms of the planning system with the Government’s intent to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.  The details and specifics of how the Government proposes to achieve this are contained within the Planning for the Future White Paper, August 2020 which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future. The Borough Council will be responding separately to the consultation but the Council would encourage everyone with an interest in how their area could develop in the future to look at the proposals and respond to them.  How to respond to the consultation is set out towards the bottom of the web page set out above and responses must be made by 11:45pm on 29 October 2020.

Alongside this (on 6 August 2020) the Government also launched its ‘Changes to the current planning system consultation’.  Within this document there are four main proposals:

  • changes to the standard method for assessing local housing need;
  • securing of First Homes through developer contributions in the short term until the transition to a new system;
  • supporting small and medium-sized builders by temporarily lifting the small sites threshold below which developers do not need to contribute to affordable housing; and
  • extending the current Permission in Principle to major development.

People are also encouraged to read through and comment on these proposals and the ways in which this can be done and the document can be viewed here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-the-current-planning-system.  Responses need to be made on this consultation to government by 11:45pm on 1 October 2020.