The government has announced three consultations on proposed changes to the planning system. The first consultation seeks views on proposed changes to existing Permitted Development Rights in England (which allows certain types of work to be undertaken without the need to apply for planning permission) as well as proposing new ones. This includes rights that would allow the change of use of certain commercial, business and service buildings as well as the change of use of agricultural buildings to dwelling houses and the erection or extension of schools, colleges, universities, hospitals and some prisons. It also explores the use of local design codes to change Permitted Rights.
SLCC intends to respond to the consultation. The deadline for comments is 25 September 2023.
To contribute to SLCC’s response, please send your comments by email to Andrew Towlerton, SLCC National Planning Advisor, [email protected] by Monday 11 September 2023.
The second consultation, entitled ‘Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: consultation on implementation of plan making reforms’ includes a series of proposals aimed at making the preparation of Local Plans simpler, faster and more accessible in England. Further information about the consultation, which closes on 18 October 2023, can be found here.
The final consultation, ‘Planning changes to speed up delivery of vital infrastructure’, aims to streamline and speed up the planning system in England and Wales to enable the faster delivery of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) including off-shore wind, transport links and other major infrastructure. The closing date is the 19 September 2023. More information about this can be found here.