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The government is to introduce new laws that would allow councils to trial a new mechanism to "maximise the potential uplift in land value" when allocating sites for development during their local plan preparation.
The government has revealed that it will press ahead with the 30-month timescale for councils to produce their local plans that first appeared in 2020’s planning white paper.
Six more ways in which the Levelling Up Bill would change planning, including dropping five year housing land supply requirements
With additional implications of the bill and its associated documents continuing to emerge, Planning highlights more key things that you need to know about their contents.
The government has introduced its much-anticipated Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill to Parliament, with the bill including a raft of changes to the planning system, including around developer contributions, environmental assessment and enforcement.
- Planning Manager Carrington West Bedford
- Senior Planning Enforcement Officer (permitted sites) Kent County Council Invicta House, Maidstone, Kent
- TEAM LEADER – PLANNING ENFORCEMENT Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
- SENIOR PLANNING OFFICER (MAJOR PROJECTS) Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
- PRINCIPAL CONSERVATION OFFICER Maidstone Borough Council Maidstone, Kent
Room 106, Ep11: Councils go slow on plan-making, miss housing land supply targets, and the rest of the week’s key news
In this podcast the Planning team explores why the number of councils abandoning or pausing their local plans continues to grow, the move by consultants Quod and DLP Planning to switch to employee ownership and the health of council's housing land supply pipelines
The latest intelligence on the planning changes that the government has in the pipeline
Councils are increasingly using web-based IT tools for both plan preparation and processing applications while the risks of cyber attacks - which can be incredibly expensive and time-consuming to resolve - are increasing, commentators warn.
At least ten local authorities have either withdrawn, paused, or delayed their local development plans over the past six months, research shows, prompting fears that the system is becoming paralysed. Observers cite uncertainty over the government’s planning reforms and local political opportunism - particularly over controversial green belt release - as key reasons.
Why developers may need to cut their reliance on single-use resources sooner than they think, by Cliff Hague
Although the National Planning Policy Framework makes only oblique reference to the circular economy, some local authorities are already embedding the concept into policy.
Councils can do their level best to make their local plans understandable and accessible for ordinary people, but the sheer amount of strategy and detail necessary to convince the government that the plan should be adopted renders the planning system exclusive.
Developing a clear vision for an area is arguably the key ingredient of a local plan, with effective engagement with communities and neighbouring authorities also critical to success.