Chancellor’s Autumn Statement – Planning reforms.

Despite pressure from Local Government to allow authorities to charge a local planning fee for dealing with planning applications, no such announcement was made in the Autumn Statement.  Other planning reforms were proposed which committed the Government to a new target for affordable housing starts (400,000 units by 2021) and further reforms to the planning system which included a proposal to allow previously developed brownfield sites in the green belt to be developed in the same way as other brownfield land.

 

The Planning Portal Blog provides a good summary of the proposed planning reforms and can be accessed here,
https://blog.planningportal.co.uk/2015/11/26/autumn-statement-signals-further-planning-reforms-and-a-new-target-for-affordable-homes/