The government has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the planning system to increase the supply of new homes. The proposals include a standard method for calculating local authorities’ housing need, more certainty on planned housing need for neighbourhood planning groups, a statement of common ground to improve how local authorities work together to meet housing and other needs across boundaries, improving the viability assessment procedure and increased planning application fees where local planning authorities are delivering the homes needed.

Subject to the consultation and responses to the housing White Paper, the government intends to publish a draft revised National Planning Policy Framework early in 2018 and, after a short further consultation on the Framework wording, to publish a revised, updated Framework in spring 2018.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/ uploads/attachment_data/ /644955/Planning_for_Homes_consultation_document.pdf