Neighbourhood Planning Bill

House of Lords, Second Reading 17 January 2017

Key messages

  • Local government shares the Government's ambition to increase housing supply. Local government wants to play a leading role in building new homes and we support measures that will enable councils to capture the value from increased land prices on land they acquire for development. This will allow investment in the vital infrastructure that supports and boosts housebuilding and creates places that people want to live. The Bill could do more to help the Government achieve its ambitions on speeding up the delivery of new homes, particularly those that have already been granted planning permission.
  • The Final Report of the LGA's Housing Commission, published in December 2016, sets out recommendations for how local and central government can work together to build homes that are affordable, that meet the needs of communities and our ageing population, and that are well supported by services and infrastructure.1 This includes resourcing an efficient, positive and proactive planning service.
  • We would like to see the Bill amended to permit planning fees to be set locally by councils. This would enable local authorities to deliver responsive council planning services that are crucial to growth and building the homes we need.

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LGA briefing: Neighbourhood Planning Bill, House of Lords, Second Reading, 17 January 2017


House of Commons, Report Stage and Third Reading, 13 December 2016

Key messages

  • Local government shares the Government's ambition to increase housing supply. Councils want to play a lead role in building new homes and support measures that will enable councils to capture the value from increased land prices on land they acquire for development. This will allow investment in the vital infrastructure that boosts housebuilding and creates places that people want to live. The Bill could do more to help the Government achieve its ambitions on speeding up the delivery of new homes, particularly those that have already been granted planning permission.
  • We would like to see the Bill amended to permit planning fees to be set locally by councils. This would enable local authorities to deliver responsive council planning services that are crucial to growth and building the homes we need.

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LGA Briefing - Neighbourhood Planning Bill, House of Commons, Report Stage and Third Reading, 13 December 2016


House of Commons, Public Bill Committee, Tuesday 25 October 2016

Key messages

  • We have some concerns that New Clause 4 tabled by the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Gavin Barwell MP would give powers to the Secretary of State to force two or more local planning authorities to prepare a joint development plan. We support the Government's efforts to streamline the local plan-making process. However, we are concerned about provisions that would give the Secretary of State new powers over local plans, including to intervene in the local plan-making and plan revision process.
  • We would welcome further detail on New Clause 7 tabled by the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Gavin Barwell MP, which would give powers to the Secretary of State to force a local planning authority to review its local development documents at prescribed times. The national planning practice guidance already sets out expectations for revisions and updates to local development plans, any additional reviews required by the Government must be fully funded.

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill, House of Commons, Public Bill Committee, Tuesday 25 October 2016


House of Commons, Public Bill Committee, Thursday 20 October 2016

Key messages

  • We support Amendment 23 tabled by Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP,Teresa Pearce MP and Jim McMahon MP. This would remove from the Bill allthe provisions relating to restrictions of the use of planning conditions by localplanning authorities. There is little evidence to suggest development is beingdelayed by planning conditions. The National Planning Policy Framework(NPPF) and the associated national planning practice guidance, already setsout expectations on use of planning conditions and the new primary legislationis unnecessary.
  • We support Amendment 9 tabled by Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP,Teresa Pearce MP and Jim McMahon MP, which would enable local authorities'to recover the full costs of assisting with the development of a neighbourhoodplan. It is crucial that local authorities are adequately funded to meet theirstatutory duties in relation to neighbourhood planning.
  • Amendment 15 tabled by Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Teresa PearceMP and Jim McMahon MP would give councils flexibility to apply conditions thathave been restricted by the Secretary State where they are deemed necessaryto address specific local circumstances and impact. Councils have raisedconcerns that restriction of the imposition of certain planning conditions by theSecretary of State. We broadly support this measure.
  • Amendment 16 tabled by Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Teresa PearceMP and Jim McMahon MP would ensure that local authorities are consulted onthe draft regulations for provisions to restrict the power of local authorities toimpose planning conditions. We broadly support this measure.

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LGA briefing - Neighbourhood Planning Bill House of Commons, Public Bill Committee, Thursday 20 October 2016


House of Commons, Second Reading, 10 October 2016

Key messages

  • Local government shares the Government's ambition to increase housing supply. Councils want to play a lead role in building new homes and support measures that will enable councils to capture the value from increased land prices on land they acquire for development. This will allow investment in the vital infrastructure that boosts housebuilding and creates places that people want to live. We would suggest the Bill could do more to help the Government achieve its ambitions on speeding up the delivery of new homes, particularly those that have already been granted planning permission.
  • It is difficult to determine the full implications of the proposals as there is much detail that will be determined in regulations that have not been published alongside the Bill and there are a number of consultations still open for comment. Draft regulations should be published as soon as possible to allow for effective scrutiny.
  • The Bill is also an opportunity to introduce locally-set planning fees to enable local authorities to deliver responsive council planning services that are crucial to growth and building the homes we need.

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LGA Briefing - Neighbourhood Planning Bill, House of Commons, Second Reading, 10 October 2016

12 January 2017