Labour’s Rural England Policy Review

Launched in April 2021 and led by Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Luke Pollard MP, the Rural England Policy Review is seeking evidence on every aspect of rural life and the Labour Party’s rural policy strategy.

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MHCLG: Planning for the Future

The Planning for the future consultation proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

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House of Commons MHCLG Select Committee: Permitted Development Rights

This inquiry is examining the Government’s recent and proposed changes to permitted development rights in respect of large-scale development, commercial-to-residential conversions and changes of use between different types of commercial and retail premises. In particular, the inquiry will explore their role in supporting economic growth and their impact on local authorities, including their ability to plan development holistically and the provision of services and homes.

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Supporting housing delivery and public service infrastructure

This technical consultation seeks views on proposals for:

  • a new permitted development right for a change of use to residential to create new homes
  • measures to provide public service infrastructure more quickly through expanded permitted development rights and a new streamlined planning application process for hospitals, schools and prisons
  • the approach to simplifying and consolidating existing permitted development rights following changes to the Use Classes Order
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MHCLG: Planning reform: supporting the high street and increasing the delivery of new homes

The government is committed to simplifying and speeding up the planning system, to support the high street, make effective use of land and deliver more homes.

Building on existing planning reforms, the government is consulting on proposals that will allow greater change of use to support high streets to adapt and diversify, support extending existing buildings upwards to create additional homes, and speed up the delivery of new homes.

The consultation includes separate proposals in respect of:

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Welsh Government: Planning Policy

The Welsh Government have launched a consultation on the 10th Edition of their Planning Policy Wales. The new edition has been restructured to include policy themes around well-being goals as set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

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Mayor of London: Draft London Plan

The Mayor of London has launched a consultation on the new draft London Plan. The draft London Plan covers a wide range of areas including: planning, economy, and transport.

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