A promised 20 per cent increase in planning fees in England will not go ahead until after Parliament's summer recess, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed.
The government has published its so-called Great Reform Bill which is intended to transpose EU legislation into UK law following Britain's departure from the EU, including EU environmental regulations.
Clive Betts MP has been re-elected as the chair of the House of Commons communities and local government select committee.
The absence of planning-based legislative proposals in last month's Queen's Speech has raised questions over the future of a number of anticipated planning reforms which would require primary legislation to enact, but observers believe much of the government's planning programme can progress without the involvement of Parliament.
While responsibility for fire safety does not lie with the planning system, planning committee members are nevertheless seeking extra assurances from applicants that tall building proposals are safe following last week's horrific blaze at the Grenfell Tower in west London.3 comments
Alok Sharma may be a largely unknown quantity in planning circles, but some clues can be gleaned from his past record as to how he will approach the role of housing and planning minister.
- Senior Planner JSM Associates London
- Principal Planning Officer (Policy) Bracknell Forest Borough Council Bracknell, Berkshire
- BUILDINGS FOR MISSION SECRETARY The Church of England Diocese of Durham Durham (City/Town)
- Urban Designer Plymouth City Council Plymouth, Devon
- Planning Officer Plymouth City Council Plymouth, Devon
In purely practical terms, the hung Parliament is likely to make planning issues even more intractable.
Almost two-thirds of English local authorities say that the need for affordable housing in their areas is "severe", according to research published last week by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE), a local government network, and conducted by campaign group the Town and Country Planning Association.
It is easy to under-estimate the importance of political parties' general election manifestos. The Prime Minister's struggle this week to explain an apparent change of heart on a manifesto policy for funding social care at home, announced days after the document was published, was only the latest episode in which a political party has been seen to distance itself from pre-election policy commitments with unseemly haste.
Should the Conservatives win the general election, as the latest opinion polls suggest they will, the party's manifesto for 2017 will reset government policy.