The government has just published a consultation paper which contains wide-ranging proposals aimed at ‘fixing’ the planning system. These include:
- That there will be a greater focus on ‘placemaking’ and the ‘creation of beautiful places’.
- Local use plans will be simplified. They should identify three types of land – Growth areas suitable for substantial development, Renewal areas suitable for development, and areas that are Protected. In ‘growth areas’, outline approval for development would be automatically granted for forms and types of development specified in the plan.
- There will be an emphasis on design guidance and codes and greater community involvement in their development.
- Neighbourhood plans will be retained but may change.
- A new ‘single infrastructure levy’ will replace the existing system for getting developers to fund the infrastructure through section 106 agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy. The neighbourhood share of the Community Infrastructure Levy, with up to 25% of funding transferred to parish councils in parished areas ‘should be kept’.
The deadline for comments is 11.45 on 29 October 2020.
SLCC will be preparing a response on behalf of its members.
Further details will follow.