Earlier this year, the Government announced it would publish an "accelerated planning green paper" this autumn. It is expected to be published in November 2019. Its aim is remove blockages in the planning system seen as frustrating development. It will include the following: resourcing issues, with ministers looking at opportunities for councils to recover more of their costs through fees, linked to performance improvements, and greater use of neighbourhood development orders, local development orders and simplified planning zones to speed up delivery.
In principle, AR supports a speedier planning system and it is likely we will want to respond. When published, the consultation will set a date for responses to the Government’s proposals and at that time we will seek the views of AR members.