Planning Reform ' The Second Wave

Publication Date19 August 2020
SubjectReal Estate and Construction, Construction & Planning, Real Estate
Law FirmCharles Russell Speechlys LLP
AuthorMs Claire Fallows and Lydia O'Hagan

Big Bold Steps

The long awaited White Paper entitled 'Planning for the Future' is super glossy and stuffed full of photographs - get the message, only beautiful development wanted! The consultation on reform of the planning system closes on 29 October 2020.

The Prime Minister does not view the planning system as a thing of beauty, more a crumbling relic which has stymied the development of new homes, jobs and talent and enabled developers to dodge their obligations to improve infrastructure. It must be torn down and a new system built in its place,

The Government seeks a simpler, faster and more predictable system with less red tape. Yet one also where the individual will have a 'greater say' over what gets built. A system with quality, design and local vernacular at the forefront, inspired by Bath, Belgravia and Bournville, a world of green spaces, new parks and tree lined streets, where your neighbours will not be strangers. Lessons from the past, reset in a digital revolution for planning. Big bold steps.

  • We explain here the proposed new system of plans where development management policies become national and Local Plans focus on land categorisation in three categories, with detailed site parameters for allocations. Neighbourhood plans might remain.
  • We cover here how plans would be prepared, through a pared back system that would take a maximum of 30 months from start to finish.
  • Decision making is covered here where larger sites would...

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