“Broxtowe Borough Council notes
The Government is consulting on to overhaul the
The reforms to existing planning rules would allow
fast track permissions for offices and retail centres to be
converted to houses; and extra storeys to be added to existing
housing and flats.
The assessment of local housing need and the
threshold below which developers are required to contribute to
affordable housing will also be changed.
In the future reforms proposed in
the Planning for the
Future consultation published on
the 6 August 2020, land will be categorised into growth, renewal or
‘Growth’ areas will allow planning
permission in principle if a site is designated a development site
in the local plan.
Renewal’ areas will be subject to a statutory
‘presumption in favour of development’
‘Protection’ areas will be where
development will be discouraged.
The Government has already laid new regulations
allowing Permitted Developments that do not provide adequate
environmental standards to counter Climate Change
Broxtowe Borough Council recognises:
The need to build more housing to prevent
homelessness and provide adequate, affordable and suitable
accommodation for everyone, and the failure of successive
governments to address the issue.
That councils currently approve nine in ten
That the Local Government Association findings show
that over a million homes have planning permission but remain
Broxtowe Borough Council believes that:
The planning system is not the cause of low
These proposals reduce democratic accountability and
public scrutiny undermining the ability of councils to determine
These proposals significantly reduce the scope for
public participation and influence on planning applications within
The proposed changes would favour development
interests over those of local communities.
Delegation of detailed planning decisions to
planning officers, rather than a democratically elected planning
committee fails to recognise the role that public democratic
scrutiny has in ensuring decisions are fair, transparent, with any
impacts fully considered.
The reforms restrict a planning authorities' ability
to set local planning policies in line with the needs of their area
and community aspirations, undermining the plan-led system,
disempowering councils and communities.
Replacing the Community Infrastructure Levy and
Section 106 payments with centrally imposed housing targets and a
national levy, will likely result in less money for affordable
housing, sustainable transport and other critical
The effort to speed up applications risk watering
down or removing the requirement altogether for Strategic
Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments and
The proposals do not sufficiently take into
consideration the Climate Change Act 2008 provisions that address
carbon dioxide emission standards for future housing
The proposals put at risk archaeology and heritage
by undermining pre-commencement archaeological conditions in the
Broxtowe Borough Council commits to:
Empower local democracy.
Provide the infrastructure the borough
Provide truly affordable good quality
Support housing with high standards of design,
Achieve the smallest possible carbon footprint from
Broxtowe Borough Council strongly objects to these
proposals and rejects the arbitrary housing targets and reduction
of local control proposed in the consultation