This is the RTPI's response to the 2019 Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Consultation on a package of measures which the Government has proposed to provide greater planning certainty to support the high street and ensure delivery of new homes. These include extending permitted development rights, facilitating the disposal of surplus local authority land at less than best consideration, a draft listed building consent order to support the work of the Canal & River Trust, and the compulsory purchase powers of new town development corporations.
The RTPI's response questions the robustness of the proposed plans, especially relating to the extension of permitted development rights. We argue that it risks poorly designed and located housing, whilst also challenging local planning authorities' ability to deliver the mixed and efficient land use, and challenging the ability of communities to engage in development. We also consider the financial implications, both in terms of lost developer contributions and additional stress on local authorities who are not able to collect planning fees.