Proposed Changes to the Planning System

date Released On 5th Nov 2020

Proposed Changes to the Planning System

In August 2020, the Government published two major planning consultations - Changes to the current planning system and Planning for the future. Both documents propose radical changes to the planning system.

In Changes to the current planning system the government sets out four proposals to improve effectiveness - changes to the standard method for assessing local housing need, setting developer contributions for the First Homes scheme, lifting the small sites threshold below which developers do not need to contribute to affordable housing and extending the permission in principle (PiP) to major development.

The white paper, Planning for the future, is a significant document, but it is light on detail and so it is unclear how many of the proposals might be implemented. The new system could bring improvements and opportunities, but it could also have long term detrimental impact, depending on how measures are bought forward and the detail of required changes to regulations. Three Dragons has responded to both documents highlighting areas of agreement, areas of concern or simply where more detail is required, with examples of some of the issues which may arise.

Click to view Three Dragons responses to Changes to the planning system and to Planning for the future.

Click the link to view Changes to the current planning system -

Click the link to view Planning for the future -


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