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• The coalition government has published a mid-term review, which says that the National Planning Policy Framework ‘is already helping to deliver the homes and jobs the country needs, and an enhanced environment’
• However, it will take at least the rest of this term, and perhaps longer, to be able to say whether or not the significant planning reforms ushered in by the coalition are increasing the amount of development
• There is a tension between the government’s desire to ‘get Britain building’ quickly and the time it can take to build community support for change – it is unclear whether the incentives on offer to help broker this support will be sufficient
• Elected members and planning officers will find themselves in the middle of this tension – on the one hand they are to support and facilitate neighbourhood planning processes, on the other they are being urged to do everything possible to help make development viable locally
The government has announced a set of planning and housing measures as part of its overall efforts to stimulate the economy.
The key planning announcements include:
• an instruction to local planning authorities to renegotiate section 106 obligations relating to affordable housing in some circumstances
• a time-limited relaxation of permitted development rights
• possible ‘special measures’ for poor performing local planning authorities.
This briefing is relevant for planning portfolio holders, senior corporate decision-makers and planning officers.
This members briefing on planning is the first of a series of briefings considering the implications for councils of the Localism Act: ones on housing and democracy will follow shortly. LGiU are making this briefing available for free download to …
The government’s planning reforms represent a significant challenge for councils. This seminar will outline what neighbourhood planning and the NPPF will mean for members and officers, the potential risks and opportunities for local government in these changes and existing best practice …
The significant changes proposed for the planning system have inevitably courted controversy. The talk of a ‘vacuum’ at regional level has only partly been quelled by the government’s replacement structures and initiatives. It remains to be seen whether the revised …