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See our summary of key UKIP election manifesto policies

15 April 2015

Planning 

  • Give local people control over planning, by giving them the final say on major planning decisions, such as out-of-town large-scale supermarket developments, wind turbines, incinerators, solar farms and major housing developments, through the use of binding local referenda.
  • Relax planning regulations for the conversion of off-high road commercial and office space and other existing buildings to affordable residential use.
  • Reduce the cost and bureaucracy of planning applications by merging Planning and Building Control departments in local authorities.
  • We will replace the current National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and introduce fresh national planning guidelines that will prioritise brownfield sites for new housing and genuinely protect the green belt.
  • Ensuring tax and planning policies support historic buildings and the countryside.
  • Introducing a 'presumption in favour of conservation' as opposed to the current 'presumption in favour of development' in planning legislation.

Housing

  • We will take steps to remove the barriers to brownfield builds with the aim of building one million homes on brownfield sites by 2025 to address the current housing shortage. UKIP will require the Environment Agency to compile a National Brownfield Sites Register and provide a remediation assessment where appropriate.
  • UKIP will not allow new housing to strip our nation of prime agricultural land. Neither will we allow the countryside to be swamped by over-development: we believe strongly that our countryside must be preserved so it can be enjoyed by future generationsUKIP will introduce policies to incentivise the creation of more affordable housing, while protecting rural communities and preserving our precious countryside.
  • Include a commitment to bringing empty properties back into use within their broader housing and planning strategies.
  • Allow large-scale developments to be overturned by a binding local referendum triggered by the signatures of 5 per cent of electors within a planning authority area, collected within three months
  • UKIP supports the principle of extending home ownership and giving people the right to own the homes they may have lived in for generations as social housing tenants. We will plough 100 per cent of all revenue from Right to Buy sales, after essential costs have been paid back, into new community housing. We will not allow non-British nationals access to the Right to Buy or Help to Buy schemes, unless they have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces.

Read the UKIP manifesto in full.

Our 'asks' to the incoming Government have been produced in the RTPI's 10 proposals for Planning in the next Parliament.

See the You Tube video, 'In under a minute: Planning in the next Parliament with RTPI's Head of Communications'