'Uncertainty' fears over market-driven planning
The South East Regional Assembly has criticised the government's market-driven approach to planning.
The assembly has backed a report warning that proposed changes to the planning system (Inside Housing, 22 July) could cause 'uncertainty and delay'.
The report to the regional planning committee by the assembly's regional planning manager John Pounder rejected the premise in the ODPM proposals - and the Barker Review of Housing Supply - that lack of land supply was the main influence on house prices.
It said that completions of homes in the south east had decreased while land supply had increased. The report said the main drop in completions had been seen in social housing and this was due to funding constrictions.
The assembly's report said that a system based on fixed plans would be better than a market-driven system at ensuring the development of mixed communities.
The chair of the planning committee has written to the ODPM to ask for an extension of the eight week consultation period, which was deemed too short.
However an ODPM spokesperson said a 12-week consultation on the full draft of the policy statement would take place in the autumn.