The Government has published the long-awaited and much talked about White Paper called “Planning for the Future”. It contains proposals to reform the current planning rules for England, promising a “radical reform unlike anything we have seen since the Second World War”.
This White Paper sets out that the planning system needs to be better at unlocking growth and opportunity and encouraging beautiful new places. It states that planning should move towards a modernised, open data approach that makes planning more efficient, inclusive and consistent. It includes a great deal of proposed changes which, if implemented, will have a significant effect on the way new housing is delivered in this country. On example is the, much talked about, plans for zoning land. These are to be designated under 3 categories.
Government is seeking to consult with individuals and organisations on the proposals. In our opinion, the changes proposed will have a huge impact on the lives of everyone in the country both now and well into the future. We would therefore urge our members and others with an interest to read the White Paper and if you feel strongly, to respond to the consultation. You can find the paper here: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/planning-for-the-future and the opportunity to respond here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/MHCLG-Planning-for-the-Future/