Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Planning 2012 – 2014, on UK Planning Policy, specifically the National Planning Policy Framework.
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We’re doing what we can to streamline the planning system and remove unnecessary burdens, to create a smooth journey through the building process.
By removing unnecessary red tape and consolidating regulations, we are able to make the planning process more efficient and accessible, and easier for people to use.
These proposals mark an important next step in streamlining the planning system and ensuring it is able to work efficiently to support the development of new homes, infrastructure and jobs we need.
They will also ensure that communities are at the heart of the planning system and given the power to make the right decisions for their local area.
Neighbourhood planning is proving to be incredibly popular with communities around the country and has enormous potential to deliver homes and jobs.
There are now hundreds of neighbourhoods that will benefit from having a plan in place and I want to see many more enjoy the opportunities these bring to deliver local people’s vision for their area.
The imminent threat of designation appears to have focused the minds of councils and we’re pleased a number of authorities raised their game, improved performance and for the time being are out of risk.
This means more decisions are being made locally and on time but everyone should benefit from a well performing planning system and so the government will keep under review the thresholds used for assessing councils’ performance.
We always want local decision making where possible, but at the same time it’s vital to the economy that proposals are decided on swiftly.
We urgently need to build more homes and changes to the levy will help increase housing supply and help businesses grow by making the system more flexible and fairer.