Fixing the Foundations: Planning Reform July 2015

On Friday 10 July, Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, presented ‘Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation’, a new report outlining, amongst others, proposed reforms to the planning system (section 9).

The most significant proposed change is the introduction of a new zonal system which would provide automatic planning permission on sites listed in registers of brownfield land. It is proposed that this reform will cut out red tape and help bring forward housing on currently underused brownfield land subject to approval on a number of, as yet unknown, technical details.

The Government has also addressed the issue of local authorities without up-to-date Local Plans by stating that where these are not produced, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government would intervene and arrange for a plan to be written in consultation with local people.

An additional Permitted Development right is proposed for London which will allow upwards extensions of a limited number of storeys up to the height of an adjoining building, provided neighbours do not object.

A new elected Mayor for Greater Manchester was announced, who will have similar powers as the Mayor of London. Mayoral powers have also been proposed to be increased with the Mayor of London having the authority to call-in housing developments of greater than 50 units in an effort to speed up housing delivery.

There are also proposals to legislate to allow major infrastructure projects with an element of housing to apply through the NSIP regime. Tightening of targets on the determination of applications and dispute resolution on Section 106 agreements are also proposed.

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