The government publishes a consultation (until 02/02/2024) relating to street vote development orders …

The government has published the following consultation, which runs for 6 weeks from 22/12/2023 until 02/02/2024:

Consultation document:

  • December 2023: Street vote development orders - consultation (link) (pdf print version of HTML webpage).

Notes:

  • The "Introduction" at the start of the above consultation document includes the following information:
    - "The government has secured new powers through the Levelling Up and Regeneration Act 2023 (the “Act”) to introduce a new route to planning permission called street vote development orders and intends to bring forward secondary legislation to govern how they will operate.".
    - "Street vote development orders are an innovative new tool that will give residents the ability to propose development on their street and, subject to the proposal meeting certain requirements, vote on whether that development should be given planning permission.".
    - "Street vote development orders will provide residents with a new opportunity to take a proactive role in the planning process and bring forward the development they want to see on their streets. They will encourage residents to consider the potential for new development on their streets and are intended to deliver additional or more spacious homes in places where they are needed most, while helping to reduce development pressure on sensitive areas.".
  • The "How will street vote development orders work in practice" section within the above consultation document includes the following information:
    - "A group of residents which meets certain requirements will be able to come together with a proposal for permission to be granted for development on their street, for example the addition of an extra storey to properties. The proposal can be put forward by the group of residents directly or with the assistance of an individual such as an architect.".
    - "The proposal will be examined by the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State to check that the proposed development is in scope and that requirements prescribed in secondary legislation are met. These requirements will help ensure that development meets high design standards and that local impacts are taken into account.".
    - "If the proposal passes the examination, it is then put to a referendum. Where the required threshold of votes is met, subject to any final checks, the Planning Inspectorate will make the street vote development order on behalf of the Secretary of State. Once the street vote development order is made, granting planning permission, a person with control of the land can then decide whether they want to take forward development.".
    - "Where street vote development takes place, local authorities will be able to capture value from the new development via the Community Infrastructure Levy and, when it is introduced, the new Infrastructure Levy, and use it to fund infrastructure that will support the local area.".
    - "Further detail is provided in subsequent sections of this consultation paper.".