Planning Reform Proposals - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 26 March 2014 | Standard notes SN06418

Amended 09 April 2014

Authors: Louise Smith

Topic: Housing, Housing supply, Planning, Regional planning and development

Since the Coalition Agreement, major reforms to the planning system have taken place with the introduction of the Localism Act 2011 and the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Government has stressed that the planning system should work proactively to support economic growth and it is still concerned that various aspects of the planning system are burdened by “unnecessary bureaucracy that can hinder sustainable growth.” A number of reforms were made in the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 aimed at speeding up the planning system.

Outside of this Act a number of other announcements on planning reform have also been made, most recently in the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan 2013, Autumn Statement 2013 and Budget 2014 which include:

• reviewing the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning Regime;

• consulting on introducing a statutory requirement to have a local plan in place;

• addressing delays associated with the discharge of planning conditions;

• new support for new garden cities;

• allowing further changes of use to residential use without requiring planning permission; and

• reforming the system of permitted development rights.

This note sets out more information about the key planning reform announcements and the proposals.

Most of the proposals apply to England only.

For further information about proposals to stimulate housing supply see Library standard note, Stimulating housing supply.

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