Planning Reforms Update

The recently produced document, ‘Laying the foundation: A housing strategy forEngland’ sets out the latest government views on the future of residential planning and development. Interestingly the government identify that they cannot set targets from Whitehall, and seek to revoke top down targets, vast amounts of planning guidance or excessive regulation. The report continues to identify that this will, according to the government, provide more freedom. A presumption is that less planning guidance will in turn lead to easier development. Guidance provides a framework which allows all parties to have clarity and remove subjectivity with applications. Removal of policy may actually create more uncertainty and subjectivity with individual planning departments. There is little mention within this latest document of how localism will feature in the future of the planning system.

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