23rd February, 2021
The Government has published two consultations on proposed changes to the planning system in England. Changes to the Current Planning System sets out short-term measures aimed at enhancing the contribution the planning system can make to the economy’s recovery from the Covid-19-induced recession.
The White Paper Planning for the Future is far more wide-ranging and extensive promising “Radical reform unlike anything we have seen since the Second World War”.
Quod has taken the time to reflect on these ambitious reforms to consider what this could mean for the planning system, giving our insight on:
- Calculating housing need
- The role of Local Plans
- Permission in Principle
- Planning applications
- Environment and sustainability
- Consolidation of CIL and Planning Obligations into a Single Infrastructure Levy
- Affordable housing
It is important to remember that these are only consultations – nothing has changed yet, and it remains to be seen how many of the proposed reforms survive the review process. However, the scope of the changes is enormous and, if these ideas come to fruition as expressed in the consultations, these would indeed transform the planning system as we know it.
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