Published: 3rd Aug 2020

Council leaders have warned government plans to shake up the planning system could side line the public consultation process and lead to poorer quality homes. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday (2 August), the housing secretary Robert Jenrick said ministers want new developments to be granted automatic planning permission if they are to be built on land designated as ‘for renewal’. The government is expected to publish more details on its plans to reform the planning process later this week. But the chair of the Local Government Association (LGA), Cllr Cllr James Jamieson said the planning system needs to be ‘locally-led’. ‘Any suggestion that planning is a barrier to housebuilding is a myth,’ said Cllr Jamieson. ‘Nine in 10 planning applications are approved by councils, while more than a million homes given planning permission in the last decade have not yet been built. ‘We all want great communities,’ he added. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)