Details of the Planning Bill from the Queens Speech Notes

UK Gov

Planning Bill
“Laws to modernise the planning system, so that more homes can be built, will be
brought forward…”


The purpose of the Bill is to:
● Create a simpler, faster and more modern planning system to replace the current
one that dates back to 1947, and ensuring we no longer remain tied to
procedures designed for the last century.
● Ensure homes and infrastructure – like schools and hospitals – can be delivered
more quickly across England.
● Transform our planning system from a slow document-based one to a more
efficient and easier to use digital and map-based service, allowing more active
public engagement in the development of their local area.
● Help deliver vital infrastructure whilst helping to protect and enhance the
environment by introducing quicker, simpler frameworks for funding infrastructure
and assessing environmental impacts and opportunities.


The main benefits of the Bill would be:
● Providing more certainty for communities and developers, particularly smaller
developers, about what is permitted where, through clear land allocations in local
plans and stronger rules on design.
● Simpler, faster procedures for producing local development plans, approving
major schemes, assessing environmental impacts and negotiating affordable
housing and infrastructure contributions from development.
● Establishing a framework which focuses on positive outcomes, such as
environmental opportunities and better designed places.
● Digitising a system to make it more visual and easier for local people to
meaningfully engage with.


The main elements of the Bill are:
● Changing local plans so that they provide more certainty over the type, scale and
design of development permitted on different categories of land.
● Significantly decrease the time it takes for developments to go through the
planning system.
● Replacing the existing systems for funding affordable housing and infrastructure
from development with a new more predictable and more transparent levy.
● Using post-Brexit freedoms to simplify and enhance the framework for
environmental assessments for developments.
● Reforming the framework for locally led development corporations to ensure local
areas have access to appropriate delivery vehicles to support growth and
regeneration.

Territorial extent and application
● The Bill will extend to the whole of the UK, however the majority of provisions will
apply to England.
Key facts
● There is very little meaningful public engagement in the current planning system.
At present only around 3 per cent of local people engage with planning
applications, and for local plan consultations engagement can fall to less than 1
per cent.
● As of February 2021, only around 41 per cent of Local Authorities have an up-todate local plan in place.
● Updating a local plan currently takes an average of 7 years.
● Thirty years ago smaller builders were responsible for around 40 per cent of new
homes built, but currently this figure is only 12 per cent.
● The current system does not lead to enough homes being built, especially in
those places where the need for new homes is the highest. Adopted Local Plans,
where they are in place, provide for 192,725 homes per year across England (as
of March 2021) – significantly below our ambition for 300,000 new homes
annually. As a result of this long-term and persistent undersupply, housing is
becoming increasingly expensive.

There is a subtle change of wording here, to refer to ‘changing local plans’ rather than the rip it up and start all over again tome of the foreword to the white paper. No mention of removing the DTC.

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