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Planning panel launches two week call for evidence

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Councils have two weeks to give their views on the local plan making process, following a call for evidence by the expert group considering reforms to the development blueprints.

The panel, announced by housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis last month, is inviting views by 23 October on matters including the content of plans, how the current system is working and the need for change.

Interested parties are also asked to submit evidence on whether procedures around preparing Local Plans could be improved, any constraints to implementing them and the process of agreeing strategic requirements.

“All relevant matters are open for review,” according to the call for evidence, “and the group has no preconceived ideas about the extent or nature of any changes to the plan making system that it might recommend.”

Group chair John Rhodes, director at planning consultancy Quod, told LGC last month that the panel was keen to hear about both the problems and good practice encountered by councils when developing their local plans.

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Readers' comments (2)

  • Two weeks? No hurry then! Seriously?
    Planning policy teams are clearly struggling to cope with the shifting sands that the planning making process has become. What hope is there that they will be able make a meaningful evidence based contribution?
    Clearly, the intention is to produce a report that recommends a significantly reduced level of financial commitment by developers, to anything other than putting one brick on top of another.
    The only way to speed up the process, is to reduce the burden of evidence gathering required for each of the elements, or even dispense with some elements altogether. This of course would then offer developers the opportunity to resist any requirement for developer contributions, due to a lack of evidence!

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  • Two weeks? No hurry then! Seriously?
    Planning policy teams are clearly struggling to cope with the shifting sands that the planning making process has become. What hope is there that they will be able make a meaningful evidence based contribution?
    Clearly, the intention is to produce a report that recommends a significantly reduced level of financial commitment by developers, to anything other than putting one brick on top of another.
    The only way to speed up the process, is to reduce the burden of evidence gathering required for each of the elements, or even dispense with some elements altogether. This of course would then offer developers the opportunity to resist any requirement for developer contributions, due to a lack of evidence!

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