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Threat to Local Planning

October 12, 2020 9:33 AM

HousebuildingIn order to "get more homes built", the Government wants to completely change the planning system.
Currently there is a two stage planning process. Once the Government has set the number of homes to be built, the District Council develops a Local Plan after extensive local consultation. Once the plan is agreed, individual planning applications are then considered by local Councillors, with input from the public, before final approval is given. The current system enables issues such as flood mitigation to be ironed out at the detailed planning application stage.
The Government claims that this is too much "red tape", preventing house building. However 90% of planning applications are approved. In fact there are more than a million homes with planning permission that have yet to be built. That represents three years supply of new homes.
Now the Government wants to take the second detailed stage away from local Councils with a single stage zonal system. Where land is zoned for "Growth", developers will receive automatic planning approval, removing the chance for local objection.
"Simplifying" planning is not the real problem, it is the private housebuilders sitting on land banks and only building when they can make greater profits.