Planning guidance overhauled and put online
CLG introduces streamlined guidance as web tool following last year’s Taylor Review
Report from – Jo Smit
The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched streamlined planning guidance in a new online resource. A review has seen existing technical guidance, which is catalogued in 230 documents and runs to some 7,000 pages, streamlined and re-worked into a new tool that is now being tested. Current catalogues will be available until the final online guidance is in place and live later this autumn.
Development of the streamlined online resource follows Lord Taylor’s review of planning practice guidance, published last December, and a consultation on the review group’s recommendations. This guidance review will not involve changes to national policy, set out in the National Planning Policy Framework.
The new web pages of advice set out guidance on issues including:
- a new affordability test to determine how many homes should be built
- opening up planning appeal hearings to be filmed
- housing for older people: councils should build more bungalows and plan positively for an ageing population
- new neighbourhood planning guidance to help communities start their own plans
- new local green space guidance to help councils and communities to plan for and protect green spaces.
Planning minister Nick Boles said: “Having stripped away outdated advice, our new user-friendly website brings together a simplified set of clear, concise guidance and publishes it all together in one place. This will make the planning system much easier to navigate for everyone involved.”
The new National Planning Practice Guidance online resource is being opened initially in a test mode for six weeks for public comment.