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Government - Planning for the Future (proposed planning changes) - Consultation

on Fri, 21/08/2020 - 3:18pm

The government has started its consultation to overhaul the planning system and reform the way development is allowed.

Its stated aims are to streamline processes, achieve community engagement early in the process and increase the use of technology in consultation and provide interactive maps, so it is more open and transparent.

It suggests the reforms will drive our economic recovery, help build green, high quality homes and develop a framework of national green infrastructure standards.

Proposals include:

  • a 30 per cent discount to homes sold through the First Homes system with an emphasis on key workers
  • scrapping Section 106 agreements and introducing a new National Infrastructure Levy, with local decision making on infrastructure spending.
  • every area across England will have a Local Plan and can develop design guidance and/or codes, which will be binding on development decisions
  • strengthening planning enforcement and sanctions through a rule-based system.

There is a lot of discussion in the press about the proposed reforms, but we encourage you to read the consultation paper, link below, and get your comments to the Government by the deadline, 29 October 2020.