27 Sep Government Launches New Group to Speed Up Development
The Government’s Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis, is setting up a special group to look at how councils can speed up the process of creating their Local Plans so developers can get on with building new homes and infrastructure as quickly as possible.
Launching the new group he said: “Our planning reforms have caught the imagination of communities across the country, allowing them to bring forward developments that are a real benefit to local people.
“However, while many have seized this opportunity, it’s fair to say the process of getting Local Plans in place can sometimes be lengthy and complicated.
“That’s why we’ve brought together this panel of experts to help look at ways to streamline the process. Their first-class advice will help councils push on and deliver the homes and infrastructure that their communities need.”
Eight Strong Panel
The eight-strong panel will consider how the process of forming Local Plans can be simplified with the aim of slashing the amount of time it takes for local authorities to get them in place.
The Government believes this will provide greater certainty to communities regarding plans for new homes and infrastructure in their area, while speeding up the planning process so developers can get on site quicker.
Members of the new panel include:
- Chair John Rhodes of planning consultants Quod
- Adrian Penfold from developers British Land
- Richard Harwood QC from legal firm 39 Essex Chambers
- Councillor Toby Elliott from Swindon Borough Council
- Keith Holland, a retired Senior Planning Inspector
- Liz Peace, formerly of the British Property Federation
- John Howell MP, member for Henley
- Derek Stebbing, Local Authority Plans Manager for Chelmsford City Council.
Because plan-making involves a wide range of considerations, the remit of the group will be broad and cover any aspect of the Local Plan-making process that they feel is relevant, calling on experts in the field as they see fit.
The panel is due to report back in the New Year.