Government launches overhaul of National Planning Policy Framework

New planning reforms have been announced by the government in an aim to reach its target of 300,000 being built each year.

As well as including a “major overhaul” of the National Planning Policy Framework, the plans are set to include strengthening protection of the Green Belt, greater planning permissions and maximising the use of land.

In a bid to ensure that those affected by developments will be able to voice their opinion on the scheduled changes to their locality, the Framework outlines the need for planners, councils and developers to work with groups within the community.

A standardised approach to assessing the need for housing will also be introduced, in order to simplify the system of developer contributions.

The new Framework also hopes to bridge the current gap between homes built with a planning reform package and the planning permissions which have already been granted.

Commenting on the reform measures was Sajid Javid. The Housing Secretary stated: An entire generation is being locked out of a broken housing market as prices and rents race ahead of supply. Reforming the planning system is the crucial next step to building the homes the country needs.

“This government is determined to fix the broken housing market and restore the dream of homeownership for a new generation. There is no silver bullet to this problem but we’re re-writing the rules on planning so we can take action on all fronts.

“In moving to a more integrated society, the focus for everyone, whether a developer or a neighbourhood group, must be to come together to build the homes our communities deserve.”

The 2017 Budget included additional proposals to change planning policy and legislation to bring forward more land in the right places. With an aim to gather views on additional policy proposals, the government have launched a consultation, open until the 10 May.

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