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Planning: Reform

Volume 462: debated on Thursday 28 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her timetable is for the (a) consultation and (b) legislation on reform of the planning system, following the publication of the Planning White Paper. (145138)

The Government are consulting on some key proposals and other issues in the White Paper ‘Planning for a Sustainable Future’ (Cm7120) and four associated consultation papers on: planning performance agreements; planning fees; changes to permitted development rights for householders; and improving the appeal process. The closing date for responses is August 17 2007. Paragraphs 10.15 and 10.16 of the White Paper describe further consultations proposed during 2007 and 2008.

By summer 2007 we will consult on a new draft national Planning Policy Statement ‘Planning for Economic Development’, proposals to replace the need and impact tests with a new test, and proposals to reduce the Secretary of State's involvement in planning cases.

By the end of 2007 we will consult on proposals to extend permitted development rights for the installation of microgeneration equipment without planning permission to non-residential users, on detailed changes to regulations, policy and guidance in relation to local plan making, on proposals on revised arrangements for statutory consultees and on proposals to extend the impact approach to minor non- householder development.

By summer 2008 we will consult on proposals for revising the main legislation covering the process of submitting and considering planning applications.

The Government plan to legislate at the earliest opportunity, with the aim of having the infrastructure planning commission operational in 2009.