As widely expected, the Government has promised the introduction of a Bill to modernise the planning system, so that more homes can be built.
In a programme which included 25 new bills (alongside others including the Environment Bill, brought forward from last year) the Government has placed a priority on ‘levelling up’ the country and strengthening the Union, although there is little detail about specific measures at this stage.
In background documents, it is said that the Planning Bill will create a simpler, faster and more modern planning system to allow homes to be delivered more quickly across England, whilst also providing more certainty for developers about what is permitted where, through clear land allocations in local plans and stronger rules on design. The Bill will be modelled on the Planning White Paper circulated for consultation in August 2020.
The Environment Bill, which is being introduced for the third time, will set legally binding environmental targets, against the background where the UK hosts the postponed international COP26 Summit in Glasgow later this year.
The LPDF will continue to keep members up to date on the Government’s legislative programme and will be meeting senior civil servants shortly to discuss the measures.