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Responses to government consultations


The Government, through the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has consulted on two documents in autumn 2020.

Changes to the current planning system

The first is called changes to the current planning system (August 2020).

This consultation document proposes four main changes to the current planning system:

  • changes to the standard method for assessing local housing need
  • securing of First Homes through developer contributions in the short term until the transition to a new system
  • temporarily lifting the small sites threshold below which developers do not need to contribute to affordable housing
  • extending the current Permission in Principle to major development

The window for making representations on this document closed on 1 October 2020. The response made by the Council is available to view below:

Planning for the future - white paper

MHCLG is also consulting on proposed wholesale changes to the national planning system.

Further information is available on the GOV.UK planning for the future webpage.

The window for making representations on this document closes on 29 October 2020.

The Council will be responding to the consultation, and the response will be uploaded to this webpage once submitted to MHCLG.