06 Aug Release of the new White Paper – ‘Planning for the future’
Launch of ‘Planning for the future’ consultation to reform the planning system was announced today by the Housing Secretary and publication of a White Paper with the main content summarised below:
- Government sets out plans to overhaul outdated planning system and reform the way the country builds
- Plans to streamline process, cut red tape and harness technology to deliver homes faster
- Valued green spaces protected for future generations, with more building on brownfield land
- Building beautiful homes with communities at heart of new planning system
- 30% discount through First Homes, with an emphasis on key workers
In the new system local areas will develop plans for land to be designated into three categories:
- Growth areaswill back development, with development approved at the same time plans are prepared, meaning new homes, schools, shops and business space can be built quickly and efficiently, as long as local design standards are met.
- Renewal areaswill be suitable for some development – where it is high-quality in a way which meets design and other prior approval requirements the process will be quicker. If not, development will need planning approval in the usual way.
- Protected areaswill be just that – development will be restricted to carry on protecting our treasured heritage like Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks.