This week saw the government Housing Secretary, the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, announcing plans to overhaul the planning system, which will change the way the UK will build in the future.

The housing planning system can often be a long drawn out process, with enormous amounts of red tape to get through. A more streamlined process using technology, hopes to deliver homes and changes to existing properties, much faster.

The Housing Secretary said:
“Our complex planning system has been a barrier to building the homes people need; it takes 7 years to agree local housing plans and 5 years just to get a spade in the ground.”

The report Planning for the future, published this week, values green spaces and the Green Belt, with reforms allowing for more building on brownfield land.

Taken from the press statement; the report, if fully implemented, will mean:

  • Local communities will be consulted from the very beginning of the planning process. By harnessing the latest technology through online maps and data, the whole system will be made more accessible
  • Valued green spaces will be protected for future generations by allowing for more building on brownfield land, and all new streets are to be tree-lined
  • Much-needed homes will be built quicker, by ensuring local housing plans are developed and agreed in 30 months – down from the current 7 years
  • Every area to have a local plan in place – currently only 50% of local areas has a plan to build more homes
  • The planning process to be overhauled and replaced with a clearer, rules-based system. Currently around a third of planning cases that go to appeal are overturned at appeal
  • A new simpler national levy, to replace the current system of developer contributions, which often causes delay
  • The creation of a fast-track system for beautiful buildings, and establishing local design guidance for developers, to build and preserve beautiful communities
  • An ambition that new ‘zero carbon ready’ homes, delivered under a new system, will not require any future retrofitting.