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The future of the planning system in England

Inquiry

In a White Paper, the Government has set out significant changes to streamline the planning system. Proposals include simplified designations for land usage, including automatic permission in principle for development in some areas, greater use of digital technology in the planning process and a National Design Guide to ensure “high quality development” that reflects “local character and preferences”.

The Committee’s inquiry will build on their previous report on land value capture in 2018. The Climate Assembly jointly commissioned by the Committee made recommendations on local decision-making and the planning system. Both of these will feed into this inquiry.

The inquiry will examine how well the proposed reforms would support the Government’s wider building strategy, including its target to build 300,000 new homes a year, as well as ensuring high quality construction that is fit for purpose. It will also examine how well the new proposals protect existing buildings or localities, and provide mechanisms for local engagement in the planning system.

This inquiry is currently accepting evidence

The committee wants to hear your views. We welcome submissions from anyone with answers to the questions in the call for evidence. You can submit evidence until Friday 30 October 2020.

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To contact the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, please telephone 030 3444 0000, or use the Ministry's online contact form at https://forms.communities.gov.uk/

  • Email: hclgcom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: General inquiries: 020 7219 5364 Media inquiries: 020 7219 8430 / 07834 172099
  • Address: Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA