Draft planning framework calls for council action
Councils will have to detail the size, type and tenure of new homes they want built in their areas, under government proposals to streamline the planning regime.
Authorities must also indicate how fast new housing should be delivered, the draft national planning policy framework states. ‘To boost the supply of housing, local planning authorities should…illustrate the expected rate of delivery through a housing trajectory for the plan period.’
The government’s planning policy blueprint includes several measures recommended by the economist Kate Barker in the influential report on housing supply she produced for the last government.
Councils should ‘identify and maintain a rolling supply of specific deliverable sites sufficient to provide five years worth of housing,’ it states. The identification by authorities of an adequate and continuous land supply was one of the key measures suggested in Ms Barker’s review.
The 52-page planning framework replaces more than 1,000 pages of policy documents that have accumulated over the past decade.
Planning minister Greg Clark said planning clarity had become ‘lost in translation’.
‘We need a simpler, swifter system that is easier to understand and where you don’t need to pay a lawyer to navigate your way around,’ he added.
The planning framework claims ‘sustainability’ as its main principle. ‘The government expects the planning system to deliver the homes, businesses and industrial units, infrastructure and thriving places the country needs, while protecting and enhancing the natural and historic environment,’ the paper states.