THE PLANNING WHITE PAPER
This page brings together Planning's coverage of the planning white paper.
The government’s proposed new infrastructure levy is one of the few remaining measures from the planning white paper. Insiders say ministers are considering ways that the levy could boost affordable housing delivery via a “formulaic approach” to the issue but there are still concerns over how it will handle the need for on-site provision.
The government's latest proposed planning reforms are "unambitious" and should be strengthened to tackle developers that fail to build out consented homes or to meet planning conditions, MPs have said.
The housing minister has urged councils to continue to progress their local plans, stating that the government is working "at pace" to provide guidance on the "issue of transition" to its reshaped planning system, and has said that permitted development (PD) rights should not be a "back door" to undermine design standards.
On Wednesday, the government unveiled a host of far-reaching changes to the planning system in its new Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. Below we highlight key reaction from the built environment and local government sectors.
Housing minister says law introducing developer contribution changes could be revealed in ‘a couple of weeks’
The housing minister has told MPs that details of the "legislative vehicle" that will deliver the government's changes to the developer contributions regime could be revealed in "a couple of weeks".
Government restates 300,000 homes-a-year target and is considering 'empowering authorities' to speed up build-out rates
The government has reiterated its “ambition" to deliver 300,000 homes per year and is working on new measures to “empower authorities” to ensure speedier build-outs of consented developments, a housing department response to a Lords report has revealed.
The latest intelligence on the planning changes that the government has in the pipeline
The government has apparently dropped plans to introduce a standalone planning bill. Commentators believe it is now looking at a more incremental approach to changing the planning system, with a new infrastructure levy among the few surviving key proposals from the 2020 white paper.
Read our full briefing on the implications of the white paper page-by-page online.
HOW THE WHITE PAPER WOULD CHANGE THE SYSTEM: THE PLANNING BRIEFING
- Senior Planning Enforcement Officer Tandridge District Council Oxted, Surrey
- Senior/Principal Planning Officer North Somerset Council Weston-Super-Mare
- Planning Officer (various) and Senior Conservation Officer vacancies within Wakefield Council Wakefield Council Wakefield, West Yorkshire
- Planning Enforcement Officer Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2BX
- Head of Strategic Planning Oxfordshire County Council. Oxford, Oxfordshire
- Operations Manager Rushcliffe Borough Council West Bridgford, Nottingham
- Service Manager Rushcliffe Borough Council West Bridgford, Nottingham
- Career Graded Planning Policy Officer Cherwell DC Banbury, Oxfordshire
- Development Management Team Leader Varnom Ross Central England
- Senior Planning Officer Varnom Ross Surrey