Welcome to Lichfields’ web resource
The Government has proposed to change the nature of local plans, while also seeking to simplify the process of producing them. Development plans are expected to be given greater weight in the decision-making process, while generic national development management policies would form part of the development plan. This section looks at the future of plan-making – from the strategic to the neighbourhood level.
Five year land supply: Not dead after all
Harry Bennett | 24 May 2022
Ten years of the NPPF
Rachel Clements | 04 May 2022
The role of Spatial Development Strategies
The economic impact of Local Plan delay
Rachel Clements, Harry Bennett & Isla Bowman | 26 Apr 2022
The Bill proposes to reform of developer contributions through the introduction of the infrastructure levy. This would be a non-negotiable levy based on final development value and would include affordable housing contributions. Eventually all local planning authorities in England would have to charge it. This section provides an overview of what is known about the infrastructure levy and will be updated as more details emerge.
The proposed changes to legislation would lead to significant change to several aspects of the development management process, including heritage. These include a new route to vary planning permissions, increasing the weight given to development plans, monitoring build out rates and raising planning fees. The enforcement regime proposed would be more flexible for authorities, with longer time frames for enforcement action and greater opportunity to offer enforcement relief.
The bill proposes a number of measures addressing town centres and regeneration ranging from reforms to compulsory purchase orders to high street rental auctions. The Government intend that combined with wider non-legislative policy changes and funding, in sum these changes ‘raise people’s satisfaction with their town centre’ - one of the 12 levelling up missions.
Beyond the legal changes proposed in the Bill, much of the Government’s levelling up agenda will be shaped by the policies and strategies set out in the White Paper, and the associated funding arrangements. The Government have been clear that in order to succeed in it’s 12 missions for levelling up, devolution will also need to be a significant part of the agenda. This section provides an overview of the levelling up agenda ‘beyond the bill’ and will be updated as more details emerge.
The routes to growth
Identifying the need, opportunity and ability for local areas to prosper
Moving on up?
Levelling-up town centres across Northern England
Levelling Up Fund Round 2: Updated Area Prioritisations
Selina Pazos | 28 Mar 2022
Planning Reform and the new Standard Method
The Government's new approach to local housing need.
Planning for the Future White Paper
Guidance on planning reform