The total value of developer contributions agreed annually across England rose by £1bn between 2016/17 and 2018/19, although London saw a "sharp decline", according to new statistics published by the MHCLG.
The government says it will soon propose changes to the process by which the effect on nature of proposed major developments is spelt out for decision-makers. Earlier findings, increased consistency and nationwide data collection are among the aims. But some commentators fear potential reductions in environmental protection.
One of the “pillars” of the government's White Paper on planning, published yesterday, is the need to ensure “planning for beautiful and sustainable places” in English towns and cities.
Planning White Paper proposes merger of CIL and s106 systems for securing developer infrastructure contributions
The existing community infrastructure levy (CIL) and section 106 planning obligations systems could be merged to create a new 'Infrastructure Levy', with any payments due under the new system linked to the final value of a development, the government's Planning for the Future consultation has revealed.
Government proposes removing cap on increases in councils' housing need identified by standard method
Local authorities will be expected to take into account levels of existing housing stock and changes in affordability over time when calculating housing need, as part of a wide-ranging package of planning reforms proposed by the government today.
Why financial, political and placemaking realities mean council mergers are about to increase, by Catriona Riddell
Councils in Surrey recently announced that they were aiming to move from the current two-tier structure with eleven districts and one county council to unitary status, possibly one council, possibly two – that bit is still up for debate.
As we tentatively take steps towards easing the lockdown and returning to normality, there has been quite a lot of talk about using that return as an opportunity for more radical changes to the planning system.
Prime Minister Johnson does not do detail. “Build, build, build” may turn out to be another of his winning threeword slogans, but it stops some way short of being a national spatial plan.
On 21 May this year, housing secretary Robert Jenrick accepted that his decision of 14 January granting planning permission for redevelopment of the Westferry Printworks site on the Isle of Dogs was unlawful because of the appearance of bias.
It will be thirty years this month since I started as a graduate planner. During the decades I have experienced lots of changes to the system, all of which aimed to deliver a faster and fairer approach to planning.
The secretary of state for housing is the most senior decision-maker in the planning system, outside of the courts. For him to accept that one of his decisions should be quashed on grounds of his own “apparent bias” is an extremely serious matter.
- Planning Compliance Officer Harborough District Council Market Harborough, Leicestershire
- Assistant Planning Officer - Planning Policy Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Solihull, West Midlands
- Planning Officer/Senior Planning Officer - Planning Policy Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Solihull, West Midlands
- Team Leader – Planning Policy Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council Solihull, West Midlands
- Planning Officer Preston City Council Preston
- Planning Development Manager Gloucester City Council Shire Hall, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
- Principal Economic Development officer Hertsmere Borough Council Hertfordshire
- Team Leader (Planning Policy) Wealden District Council Hailsham, East Sussex
- Head of Town Planning Larkfleet Group Bourne, PE10 0FF
- Senior Planning Enforcement Officer Tandridge District Council Oxted, Surrey
On 6 September 2012 the government announced a fresh wave of planning reforms aimed at stimulating the housing market and driving economic growth. This page collates all the key events as details on the reforms.