MPs to examine plans to reform planning system

A cross-party group of MPs has launched a new inquiry to investigate the  government’s controversial proposals to reform the planning system.

The government revealed its plans to reform the planning system in August, after claiming the current system ‘sluggish’ and ‘outdated’.

But some of the proposals have met with fierce criticism from some Conservative backbenchers and the Local Government Association.

Now the housing, communities and local government committee has launched a new inquiry to investigate the proposals.

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.

‘The planning process has an important role in meeting a number of challenges that the country currently faces. In finding solutions to the crisis in housing delivery, ailing high streets and boosting regional growth the planning system will be key,’ said committee chair, Clive Betts.

‘The government has set out its intention to implement wide ranging reforms and we must understand the impact these will have. Are they a successful attempt to reduce red tape and make it easier for new homes to be built and town centres transformed?

‘Do they provide local communities an effective avenue to make their voices heard in setting out how their area will look? Is the right balance struck between encouraging growth and protecting our heritage? These are the key questions we will address as we begin out inquiry,’ added Mr Betts.

More information about the inquiry is available on the committee’s website.

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Jamie Hailstone
Senior reporter - NewStart


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