The Chancellor made clear in last year’s Budget the Government’s expectation that the answer to development and growth should wherever possible be ‘yes,
Decision-takers at every level should assume that the default answer to development proposals is “yes”
The presumption also means that where development is in line with the local plan, it should be allowed without delay.
The new role given by neighbourhood planning to communities in the planning and development of their areas will see them becoming proponents of growth.
This is just a Developers and Planners charter for chucking planning safeguards in the bin.
Eco-towns: A supplement to Planning Policy Statement 1
It is proposed, subject to further consultation, that this document will be withdrawn. The Government’s policy is that the shape and distribution of housing growth, including the potential for eco-towns and similar projects, should be led and determined at local level. The Government remains committed to high environmental standards in housing generally, and to the creation of sustainable communities in all areas.
Local councils in the locations included in the Eco- towns supplement have now had the opportunity to consider whether and how to take forward eco- town developments in those locations, drawing on the strategic, environmental and other assessments published alongside the supplement.
WHAT IS REALLY INTERESTING ABOUT THIS IS THAT HOUSE BUILDING STANDARDS SET OUT BY THE LAST GOVERNMENT ARE NOT MENTIONED ANYWHERE. THE GOVERNMENTS LOBBYISTS IN THE HOUSE BUILDING BUSINESS HAVE MANAGED TO HAVE THESE STANDARDS QUASHED. The Housing minister said that only Code Level 3 would now apply.