On the 18 February 2016 the Department for Communities and Local Government launched a consultation on the implementation in England of the planning changes within the Housing and Planning Bill. 

The consultation covers the following areas:

  • Changes to planning application fees. 
  • Permission in principle.
  • Brownfield register.
  • Small sites register. 
  • Neighbourhood planning. 
  • Local plans.
  • Expanding the planning performance regime.
  • Testing competition in the processing of planning applications. 
  • Information about financial benefits.
  • Section 106 disputes.
  • Permitted development rights for state-funded schools and changes to statutory consultation on planning applications.

Respondents can provide comments on any or all of the above.

The consultation document provides further information on how some of the key planning changes may operate.  We are preparing a brief summary of each of the areas covered by the consultation, which will become accessible  over the next few days via links to the bullet points above.

The consultation run until 11.45 pm on 15 April 2016 and is open to anyone with an interest in the proposals.  The full consultation document can be accessed here.