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Fixing the Foundations

Sajid Javid

The Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid, launched proposals for productivity on Friday 11th July, in a Command Paper called “Fixing the Foundations”. The parts which got press coverage were the reforms to planning.

In outline, the major changes are to adopt a zoning system for brownfield sites, […]

Hilary Benn – “local communities should decide”

A somewhat surprising alliance between the Daily Telegraph and Labour’s shadow secretary for Communities and Local Government – Hilary Benn – has emerged this morning, with an article by Hilary Benn headlined “The Coalition have got it wrong over planning”.

So let us recall what the Coalition (or rather the Conservative policies adopted by […]

Development, growth, George Osborne and the green belt.

It’s very interesting how George Osborne and his advisers seem to get planning, as the modern system was introduced in 1947. There was a presumption in favour of development, planning was to rebuild the country and the idea was to enable development to happen. See the Uthwatt report for example. So the Chancellor of the […]

NPPF and the presumption – the text of the Chancellor’s speech

This is what is in the chancellor’s speech

“Next week my Right Honourable Friends the Communities Secretary and the Planning Minister will publish the results of our overhaul of planning regulation.

We’re replacing 1,000 pages of guidance with just 50 pages.

We’re introducing a presumption in favour of sustainable development;

While protecting our most precious […]

NPPF – coming into effect when published next week

The Chancellor has just sat down. He was expected to say that the NPPF was being issued this week, or according to some reports, today. Instead he announced it would be issued by DCLG next week and that it would include the presumption in favour of sustainable development. And then he said that the policy […]

NPPF due in Budget Week

Has there been a hitch? The word on the street last week was that the NPPF would be issued on Budget day, Wednesday 21st. There were accompanying suggestions that the final draft was subject to comment from Treasury and BIS who were not happy. So on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday George Osborne announced that […]

Picture postcard Britain

Where would you expect to see these cottages?

On a chocolate box perhaps, or on the wall in a tea-room? I got my new passport back today. For a number of reasons I have not been looking forward to renewing my passport. The first is that it has an electronic chip with information in […]

“Protecting the Wider Countryside” – CPRE and the NPPF

I see that CPRE have released another report today, “Protecting the Wider Countryside” claiming that only 49% of the countryside will be protected if the NPPF is adopted in its present form. That is the area which is protected by a national designation. The rest is undesignated. So CPRE argue that it should be subject […]

Treasury man becomes the lead planning civil servant at DCLG

Peter Schofield has been appointed Director-General for Neighbourhoods at DCLG, with responsibility for housing and planning. He moves from the Treasury where he led the Enterprise and Growth Unit. His new Permanent Secretary, said “He will be met by a full in-tray, as we look to him to drive forward key reforms in housing, planning […]

Where is the powerful presumption after the Autumn statement?

There are several planning related issues in the Autumn Statement, and I will comment on them over the next few days. I want to start with the powerful presumption in favour of sustainable development, announced in the Budget on 23rd March. The Chancellor said:

“Yes, local communities should have a greater say in planning, but […]