In terms of planning they had done almost everything in the past business plan so it looked like they had no agenda of reform ahead. Lets look at whats new.
Under ‘Metting Peopl’s housing asiparions their is
4.4 Locally planned sustainable large scale developments
i. Publish details of the support we can provide to locally-led, locally-planned large scale developments and details of how to access it Started End Sep 2012
ii. Publish details of the locally-led, locally-planned schemes to be supported
Start Feb 2013 End Feb 2013
This of course is the nome de plume for Garden Cities.
It says that two land auction pilots will be brought to the market by end DEC 2012, but as these are publicly owned sites it will be difficult to see how they will prove anything.
Under ‘Put Communities in Charge of Planning’ we have
5.1 Radically reform the planning system to give neighbourhoods much greater ability to shape the places in which they live, based on the principles set out in the publication ‘Open Source Planning’
i. Prepare and introduce secondary legislation on neighbourhood planning as necessary
Started End Oct 2012
ii. Publish first annual release of data on the number of neighbourhood plans. The plans will include statements showing who were consulted in the production of the plan and how issues were addressed by each neighbourhood forum or parish council Started End Apr 2013
iii. Put in place a programme of professional support and funding to assist those communities leading the way in developing new neighbourhood plans Started End Sep 2012
iv. First local authorities designating neighbourhood areas under the Localism Act
Started End Jun 2012
v. Publish six monthly data on local plan making progress by authorities Jun 2012 End Dec 2012
vi. Announce outcome of review of planning guidance, in concert with the sector
Started End Nov 2012
vii. Local councils reporting on compliance with the duty to cooperate in Authority Monitoring Reports
Note the DCLG will be producing data on Neighbourhood Plans but to avoid the accusation of producing date on neighbourhood plans but not local plans they have u-turned on keeping up to date the local plans database.
Note also that DCLG seems unlikely to make a start on producing/endorsing guidance until November – even critical guidance on calculation of housing need and trajectories. Strated End Jan 2013
5.2 Consultation on review of Use Classes Order and implementation of new regulations
i. Consult on review of Use Classes Order and implementation of new regulations
Started End Apr 2013
5.3 Streamline planning application and appeal procedures and implement new regulations
i. Publish proposals to simplify the information required to support planning applications, particularly at the outline stage (including consultation) Jun 2012 Apr 2013
ii. Review planning appeals process (including consultation) Started End Apr 2013
iii. Publish monitoring report on performance against the ‘planning guarantee’ for application and appeal processing times Strat Aug 2012 End Aug 2012
5.4 Provide strong incentives for local authorities to build new homes through reform of the Community Infrastructure Levy
i. Pass the regulations associated with the Localism Act 2011 to ensure that the Community Infrastructure Levy incentivise neighbourhoods to go for growth Started End Oct 2012
ii. First local authorities publish data on their spending on infrastructure via the Community Infrastructure Levy Start Aug 2012 End Aug 2012
So at last the DCLG will be dealing with the nuts and bolts of making planning applications, real issues of ‘red tape’ rather than the diversion of getting bogged down on planning policy.