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Fair play in housing consultation

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Government's proposal to build more houses

The government is proposing a radical shake-up of the planning system in England, believing the country should build, build, build in order to stimulate the economy following the effects of the pandemic.

The government committed to building 300,000 new homes a year across England by the mid-2020s. After falling significantly short of this over recent years, a new formula is proposed to calculate housing numbers across England to make up this shortfall.

The current proposal would see over 1600 new homes a year imposed on Wokingham Borough. This is more than double the current figure.

Our response

Since 2006, nearly 10,000 new homes have been built in Wokingham Borough, an average of 700 new homes each year. We believe we are more than doing our bit to provide the homes people need.

We are going to formally object to the proposal. Take a look at our draft response to the consultation. This will be considered by an Individual Member Decision on Tuesday 22 September.

You can also take a look at our leaflet below:

Deadline for responses - 1 October

Make your voice heard by telling the Government your views by 11.45pm on 1 October.

Contact your local MP

Email your MP and copy us in at fairplayinhousing@wokingham.gov.uk

Contact the Secretary of State

Contact the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick using the online form and let us know by emailing fairplayinhousing@wokingham.gov.uk

Respond to the Government consultation online

Take part in the government consultation online

Find the Parliamentary petition

The government is currently consulting on 2 documents which seek to make changes to the planning system. Both consultations launched on 6 August 2020. 

Changes to the current planning system consultation

This consultation runs for 8 weeks until 1 October 2020.

The document focuses on the following key areas of change within the planning system:

  • Proposed changes to the standard method to calculate each authority’s housing need
  • Securing of First Homes – homes sold at a discount market price for first time buyers, including key workers
  • Temporarily changing the threshold of housing proposals where developers must contribute to affordable housing, from 10 or more, to 40 or 50 homes. The idea behind this is to support small and medium house-builders
  • Extending the current Permission in Principle to major development (schemes of 10 or more homes) so that landowners and developers have a faster route to planning permission for the principle of housing before the detailed plans are worked up

These changes are proposed so that the planning system can more effectively enable homes to be built, which the government sees as vitally important to driving the economy and tackling the ‘housing crisis’. 

The government committed itself to ensuring a housing market that would build 300,000 new homes a year across England by the mid-2020s. After falling significantly short of this over recent years, the government is now proposing changes to the method used to calculate housing need so that authorities are required to plan for more homes. If the proposals from this document around housing need are taken forward, it will significantly increase the number of homes that will need to be delivered in the borough.

Take a look at the government consultation document below:

Planning for the future consultation

The second consultation is referred to as a White Paper. This consultation runs for 12 weeks until 29 October 2020. 

This is a much longer term set of proposals for completely reforming the planning system. There have been numerous tweaks and alterations to the planning system in this country since it was introduced in 1947, but the proposals in the White Paper are seeking to fundamentally shake up the system as we know it. 

These changes are being proposed because it is the government’s view that the current planning system is delivering nowhere near enough homes in the right places at prices people can afford. The aim of the proposed reforms are therefore to make the planning system simpler, clearer and quicker to navigate. 

The paper contains a wide range of ideas, including:

  • Moving to a zoning type system – where all land will be categorised based on future development potential, including areas to be protected
  • Automatic permission for certain types of development that accord with the local plan and more streamlined permission for others
  • Greater resident involvement earlier in the process when plans are being made rather than at the planning application stage 
  • Greater emphasis on beautiful design with agreed design codes supporting the local plan
  • Nationally set binding housing requirements
  • Nationally set planning policies – which would no longer be devised by each local authority in their plan
  • Simpler system of developer contributions

Take a look at the government consultation document and its full range of proposals below:

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