Planning is vital to place-shaping. It helps transform the local vision for a community into reality. It decides the form and location of jobs, homes, transport and educational facilities in ways that promote social, environmental and economic well-being.
Local government shares the collective national ambition to build one million new homes, which will only be achieved with strong national and local leadership working together. The final report from the LGA's Housing Commission engaged over 100 partners, and makes over 30 recommendations for how local and national government can work together to build more of the right homes in the right places.
The LGA's work is focused on:
- simplifying and speeding up the planning system
- delivering housing growth and supporting infrastructure
- securing resources for planning
- making sure councils are empowered to take the right decisions for their communities.
Our response highlights the important role that planning conditions play and highlights a number of unintended consequences of the consultation proposals.
Our response covers a number of key areas where we feel there is scope to make changes to the current plan-making process in order to make it less costly, faster and provide more clarity for councils, communities and the development industry.
The Local Government Association (LGA) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the DCLG technical consultation on implementation of planning changes.
Our response covers a broad range of areas where further government reform to national planning policy is proposed including: changes to the definition of affordable homes; strengthening starter homes exception sites policy and introduction of a housing delivery test.
Our response covers a broad range of areas where further government reform to the planning system is proposed including: changes to planning application fees; permission in principle; introduction of statutory brownfield registers; local plan intervention and testing competition in the processing of planning applications.
The Planning Advisory Service (PAS) provides consultancy and peer support, learning events and online resources to help local authorities understand and respond to planning reform.
PAS is a LGA programme and is directly funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It helps local authorities to deliver:
- strong and strategic planning for neighbourhoods and local areas
- effective development management and good decision making
- accountable and value for money planning services.