Changes to the current planning system

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is consulting on shorter-term changes to planning policy and regulations in addition to the more fundamental reform to the planning system as set out in "Planning for the Future".

This consultation states that the Planning for the Future white paper sets out plans to undertake a fundamental reform of the planning system and explains that this would be accompanied by shorter-term measures. This consultation sets out proposals which aim to improve the effectiveness of the current system. The four main proposals are:
• changes to the standard method for assessing local housing need, which as well as being a proposal to change guidance in the short term has relevance to proposals for land supply reforms set out in Planning for the Future;
• securing of First Homes, sold at a discount to market price for first time buyers, including key workers, through developer contributions in the short term until the transition to a new system;
• temporarily lifting the small sites threshold below which developers do not need to contribute to affordable housing, to up to 40 or 50 units to support SME builders as the economy recovers from the impact of Covid-19;
• extending the current Permission in Principle to major development so landowners and developers now have a fast route to secure the principle of development for housing on sites without having to work up detailed plans first.

Author: MCHLG
Consultation closes 1/10/20
This item updates DCP section 7.13, 4.6, 7.331, 5.13

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