Planning for the Future (Government White Paper)

The White Paper sets out the Government's significant reform proposals for the English planning system. This includes changes to both the plan-making and decision-making processes.  Two of the key issues relate to the plan-making system and the way infrastructure is funded. There is also a strong emphasis on design standards and improving digital planning to encourage greater participation. Measures are also set out to encourage small and medium-sized builders (SMEs), and self-builds, and for all new homes to be carbon neutral by 2050.

It is important to note at this stage that the content of the White Paper is not law. Consultation on the White Paper ended on 29th October. The proposed changes would require primary legislation followed by secondary legislation before they are implemented.

Separately published for consultation until 1 October 2020, is a further document'Changes to the Current Planning System'. This consultation sets out proposals for measures to improve the effectiveness of the current planning system.

The 3 main proposals are:

  • changes to the standard method for assessing local housing need
  • securing of First Homes through developer contributions in the short term until the transition to a new system
  • supporting small and medium-sized builders by temporarily lifting the small sites threshold below which developers do not need to contribute to affordable housing.

Please find below the responses from Breckland Council to the consultations.

Last updated: 17/03/2021 10:43:43