The government publishes its response to the “Planning for the right homes in the right places” consultation …

The government has published the following response to the consultation titled "Planning for the right homes in the right places" (which ran for 8 weeks from 14/09/2017 until 09/11/2017):

  • March 2018: Government response to the Planning for the right homes in the right places consultation (pdf) (link).

Notes:

  • The "Introduction" and "Overview" at the start of the above response document include the following information:
    - "The consultation paper explained a number of proposals and how they would operate. In brief, we set out our ideas on:
    >>> a standard method for calculating local authorities’ housing need. First, the use of household growth projections published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to establish how many new homes will be needed to meet rising need. Second, increasing the number of homes stated to be needed in less affordable areas. The third and final step was a cap on the level of increase that local authorities should plan for;
    >>> how neighbourhood planning groups can have greater certainty on the level of housing need to plan for;
    >>> a statement of common ground to improve how local authorities work together to meet housing and other needs across boundaries;
    >>> making the use of viability assessments simpler, quicker and more transparent; and
    >>> increased planning application fees in areas where local authorities are delivering the homes their communities need."
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    - "There were 1,233 total responses to the ‘Planning for the right homes in the right places: consultation proposals’. Not all respondents answered every question. All responses have been analysed and given full consideration in the preparation of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (the ‘Framework’).".

Other sources of information:

  • September 2017: Planning for the right homes in the right places - consultation proposals (pdf) (link).