Section: Planning

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick sets out proposals to bring Britain's planning system into the 21st century

Posted 12.03.20
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Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP has set out proposals to bring Britain's planning system into the 21st century as part of plans to get the country building.

Councils will be encouraged to ensure redevelopment of high streets is housing-led, building upwards and above and around stations.

Next month, the government will launch a register of brownfield sites which will map out unused land as part of plans to encourage councils to make the most of this land first - backed by £400 million to bring this mostly unused land back to use.

Developers will be able to demolish vacant commercial, industrial and residential buildings and replace them with well-designed homes without getting delayed in a lengthy planning process.

All local authorities will also be required to have up-to-date Local Plans in place by December 2023, or see government intervention, so enough homes are built for their communities.

The changes come ahead of an expected planning white paper - set to reform the planning system by speeding up the decision-making process so homes can be built quicker where they are needed the most.

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