Changes to Plan Making
If you’re involved with the Strategic Land market, this one will interest you. In relation to Local Plan Making the current consultation outlines a range of details about how the current average duration of local plan making (7 years), will be reduced to just 30 months.
Although much of this may seem a little abstract unless you’re already familiar with the process, there is some interesting information about the adoption of a ‘digital-first’ approach that will have a big impact on those of us looking for accurate and reliable information about planning policy and development allocations.
The consultation also provides some more detail about a new process of ‘community land auctions’, which will aim to mitigate some of the ‘hope value’ in strategic land sales by allowing councils to take into account a proposed sale value of land at the point that it is allocated for development.
Other Consultation Matters
The government has also released a consultation on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects which aim to: deliver a faster consenting process, better recognise the role of local communities, and help with resourcing. Even if you’re not directly involved with NSIPs, this consultation could have an impact on you if your site is affected by one of these projects.
Also released was the Consultation Outcome on planning performance, which confirms that:
- Fees are going up for major and householder applications;
- the ‘free go’ that you currently get within a year if you withdraw an application is being abolished;
- The ‘planning guarantee’ is being tightened up;
- Fees will not be ring-fenced to deliver better planning outcomes;
- Retrospective planning applications will be subject to a higher fee; and
- Changes to performance monitoring are likely to be on the way.
We’ve been doing a fair bit of work on planning authority performance, including looking at determination periods across the country, the reality of which rarely match up to their reported statistics. It will only be a good thing if the reported statistics start to better reflect the reality currently being experienced by the industry.
What can you expect from us?
We will shortly be updating our popular e-book on Permitted Development Rights and we’ll be hosting a new webinar on the subject on 10th August at 2 pm which you can sign up for here.
We’re also planning a couple of roundtable discussions that will feed into a more formal joint consultation response on these important issues. If you’d like to take part in this and make your opinions know, please get in touch.
Aside from this, we’d like to know how we can best support you to engage with the consultations. Feel free to get in touch with us directly and let us know if you need any specific support in preparing submissions to these consultations. We’ve also put together this short survey where you can let us know how you would like to engage with this.
The PDR consultation runs until 25 September and the Local Plans Consultation runs until 18 October.