Ministers have revealed that the government is pressing ahead with a revamp and expansion of its Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and promised that the upcoming Planning White Paper will look at revising the compulsory purchase process.
Former housing minister Nick Raynsford has warned that residential permitted development (PD) rights have 'corroded' the morale of planners while English planning "remains in crisis" in an update to his wide-ranging review of the effectiveness of the system.
The government has announced funding of £6 million to assist with design work and the preparation of environmental assessments for 21 garden towns and villages, alongside £1.9 million to help communities prepare neighbourhood plans.
Some key areas of unfinished business face the new Conservative government. Below, we outline seven of the most significant tasks.
Following the promised planning changes in the Tory manifesto, some observers believe we can expect a "radical" programme of further deregulation and simplification of the system, though such a move is likely to face fierce opposition in certain quarters.
The Conservative Party's new general election manifesto includes lower short-term housebuilding targets than its 2017 predecessor. Some commentators wonder whether the party is downscaling its housing delivery ambitions.
- Senior Planning Consultant DPA Architects Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
- Principal Regeneration Officer Bridgend County Borough Council Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)
- Principal Planning Officer South Kesteven District Council Grantham, Lincolnshire
- Planner Barratt Developments Northamptonshire
- Senior Transport Planner (Planning Policy) Royal Borough of Kingston Kingston Upon Thames (City/Town), London (Greater)
By the time you read this, we will have a new government. We need stability to get on with the job of making good places, and a wholesale review of the system is the last thing that is required. But there are things that government can do to deliver better outcomes.
With the election in full swing, it remains difficult to know just what form Brexit might take - if indeed it happens. It is even harder to guess what impacts it might have on planning and development.
With Parliament in recess and the High Court closed, August is typically a month when planning policy and legal activity grinds to a halt. But this year, there's plenty for Planning readers to catch up on during their summer holidays.
Firm policy commitments from the two remaining Tory leadership candidates have been thin on the ground.