Why the planning reforms will promote better quality development

Paul Smith CROP

The proposals will create a simpler, more streamlined system that will deliver the homes we need

Since it was introduced in 1947, the planning system has grown ever more complicated. Successive governments have periodically bolted on new rules and regulations designed to address whatever the issue of the day happens to be. The result is a Frankenstein system, its main goals lost in a thicket of often contradictory policies, appeal precedents and court judgements.

The system compels us to make decisions about the principle of development repeatedly - in the local plan process and at planning application stage - while decisions about what that development should look are an afterthought, left to the very end of the process.

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