We must confront the need for planning structures and incentives that reinforce sustainable and socially just outcomes rather than potentially undermining them, argues Kate Henderson. The coalition government is proposing significant changes to planning and housing policy. These changes are complex and fast moving and have major implications for how we provide for all types of housing, and particularly housing for those on limited incomes. The localism bill sets out government’s plans to revolutionise the planning process by ‘taking power away from officials and putting it into the hands of those who know most about their neighbourhood – local people themselves’. The bill also introduces a new neighbourhood planning framework, changes to the local development framework process, the abolition of regional strategies, and the introduction of a new ‘duty to co-operate’. Alongside the bill the government has introduced a wider package of reforms – including the introduction of the new … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Kate Henderson is chief executive of planning think tank the Town and Country Planning Association.
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