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10 June 2021

New UK Planning Bill Comment

Chorus of opposition grows against reckless changes to planning system, says CPRE

Thursday 10th of June – Commenting on the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee report on the future of the UK planning system, Crispin Truman, chief executive of CPRE, the countryside charity, said:
‘It is no surprise the Committee of MPs is ‘unpersuaded’ by the government’s reckless and untested changes to the planning system. MPs, the public and civil society have been urging Ministers to radically rethink the proposals set out in the Planning White Paper, so that we can create the low carbon, well designed homes, green spaces and places of the future.

‘Following evidence from CPRE and many more besides, it’s hugely encouraging to see the Committee’s focus on protecting the right of local people to engage in all aspects of planning. Under the government’s current proposals, we could see democratic input halved and local people stripped of the right to have a say on individual developments. We agree that local authorities must also be granted the powers and backing of central government to get sites with planning permission built out far more quickly.

‘But there also needs to be a much better mix of new homes built in rural areas. The Committee’s call for affordable housing planning agreements to be kept could not be more timely. If these are lost, we fear the already paltry supply of much needed new social rented homes will dry up completely in many rural areas.

‘As the chorus of opposition continues to grow, we’re calling on the government to radically rethink its changes to the planning system. What we need is clear targets in planning for tackling the climate and nature emergencies and enhancing and protecting our countryside, rather than a narrow obsession with building more and more housing, regardless of whether that housing meets local needs. By encouraging local people to take part in planning, holding developers to account and driving up build out rates, we can begin to tackle the housing crisis head on.’

CPRE, the countryside charity

CPRE is the countryside charity that campaigns to promote, enhance and protect the countryside for everyone’s benefit, wherever they live. With a local CPRE in every county, we work with communities, businesses and government to find positive and lasting ways to help the countryside thrive – today and for generations to come. Founded in 1926, President: Emma Bridgewater, Patron: Her Majesty The Queen. www.cpre.org.uk

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The UK Government’s planning white paper proposes radical reform to the system – key elements summarised:

– Zoning
– Renewal
– Stripped back local plans
– Section 106 deleted
– Top down housing targets
– “Duty to co-operate” abandoned
– Protection
– New design code body
– More permitted development
– Digital planning

More than 40,000 people responded to the white paper consultation, giving officials a tough job to review and assess responses.

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