Planning for the Future White Paper

The Governments’ planning white paper ‘Planning for the future’ – published in August 2020 sets out to radically reform the system. The proposed reformation of the planning system seeks 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.

Consultation on the proposals closed in October and IPS submitted representations to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government commenting on some of key changes proposed within this document.

Our full representation is available at the following link [ August 2020 White Paper ]

The focus of our representation highlighted that without a fundamental and substantial improvement in the financial resourcing of the planning system and, in particular within local authorities and those other agencies, service providers and consultees upon which the system depends, no improvement will be possible.

In addition, the negative anti-development culture prevalent in so many local planning authorities can only be addressed through a greater educational awareness of the vitally important role which planning plays in ensuring society is provided with the development needs, in the right place and at the right time. Without a significant change in the attitude of many who currently serve on planning committees and their supportive local Members of Parliament it is also clear that the Government’s well-meaning intentions will be met with resistance.

IPS look forward to actively participating in further consultation on the proposed reforms.