Decision details

Planning White Paper Consultation Response

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No



1.    That a formal consultation response on the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is submitted by 29 October 2020.

2.    That authority is delegated to the Chief Executive in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning for submitting a response to the Government White Paper on Planning Reform.


Considerations/reasons for decision:

·         Report from the Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning on the Council’s response to the Planning White Paper consultation and the initial draft response attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

·         The Planning for the Future White Paper was intended to reform the planning system to provide a modern and streamlined approach to the complete planning process.

·         Consultation was being carried out by the Government with the general public and interested parties between August 2020 until 29 October 2020.

·         Local Plans would be simplified and focus on identifying three categories of land: growth areas, renewal areas and protected areas.

·         Councils and the Planning Inspectorate would be required through legislation to meet a statutory timetable for (Local) Plan preparation.

·         A new “single infrastructure levy” would replace the existing developer contributions systems of Section 106 Agreements and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

·         Local planning authorities would be required to have a Chief Officer for Design and Place-making.

·         Views of the Planning Committee informing the initial draft response to the White Paper.

·         Proposals to streamline community consultation at the planning application stage instead emphasising engagement at the plan making stage.

·         Proposals for planning application fees.

·         Feedback from the Planning Committee which informed the draft response.

·         Comments made supporting the importance of Neighbourhood Plans within planning decision making.


Other options considered and rejected:

1.    The Council could choose not to submit a response to the Planning for the Future White Paper. This would preclude the Council in effectively engaging in the planning reform process. The Council would be unable to shape and develop the future structure for planning in England. Other opportunities would be available in the future consultation; however, it would be a much narrower focus and the opportunity to influence the extensive planning reform would be forfeited.

Publication date: 14/10/2020

Date of decision: 13/10/2020

Decided at meeting: 13/10/2020 - Cabinet

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