Councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset have submitted proposals for the reorganisation of local government in their area by creating unitary authorities. Ministry of Housing, Community and Local Government (MHCLG) are seeking views on these proposals to help the Secretary of State form a judgement on which, if any, proposal best meets the criteria
The Government has announced a raft of proposed changes to national planning rules in England. These include requiring that at least 10% of new homes in major housing developments should be affordable; tightening the rules about building isolated homes in the open countryside; greater protection for trees and historic statues and plaques; clarifying that neighbourhood
The Government has announced that its planning policy paper, which will set ‘out its plan for comprehensive reforms of England’s planning system to better support the economy and release more land for housing in areas that need it most’, will be published later this month. Further information about the announcement is available by clicking here.
The Prime Minister has stated that the Government plans to “bring forward the most radical reforms to our planning system since the Second World War”. Under what Mr Johnson MP dubbed “project speed,” planning laws would also be streamlined to encourage building. Further details are expected in the Planning White Paper, which is expected to
Support to parish councils who wish to build a small number of homes to allow their communities to grow, a fully digitised planning system, reform of how local housing need is calculated and new rules to encourage building upwards are among the proposals ‘to bring Britain’s planning system into the 21st Century’ that will be