Local plan panel issues call for evidence

The newly established panel tasked with streamlining the local plan-making process has issued a call for evidence, asking for comments on the strategic requirements of local plans.

Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis
Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis

Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis last month launched an expert panel that will look at how the plan-making process can be simplified.

The group is now asking for views from local government and the planning and property sectors about key areas of the plan-making process, but makes clear that it has "no preconceived ideas about the extent or nature of any changes to the plan making system that it might recommend".

A call for evidence document asks for comments on the strategic requirements of local plans, such as the role of Strategic Housing Market Assessments, the appropriateness of evidence requirements and methods for calculating objectively assessed need.

It is also fielding comments on the impediments to local plan coverage, such as financial or behavioural constraints or practical difficulties.

The document also asks whether procedures could be changed to provide better and quicker plan preparation, including matters relating to the appropriateness of statutory requirements, available ‘best practice’ guides, tests of soundness and the terms and implications of the duty to co-operate.

Submissions must be made before Friday 23 October.


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