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Response to technical consultation on Housing and Planning Bill

posted 17 Apr 2016, 01:42 by Parish Council Communications
At the Parish Council meeting on 11th April, councillors discussed our response to the Technical Consultation on the Implementation of Planning Changes proposed in the Housing and Planning Bill which is currently going through Parliament.

It is a complex and detailed bill, which could have significant implications for how Parish Councils are consulted on future planning applications. There are 13 sections to the Bill, but the PC was primarily concerned with sections 2, 3 and 12. Section 2 would split the planning application process into two stages - permission ‘in principle’ (covering location, uses and amount of residential development) and then permission for the 'technical details’. Section 3 covers the provision of a statutory ‘brownfield’ register where Local Authorities are only ‘encouraged’ to publish their decisions. Section 12 proposes that a maximum period of 14 days for responses as an extension of time for responses by statutory consultees beyond the 21 days laid down. Currently an extension is sought informally beyond the 21 days.

At present, according to The Good Counsellors' Guide, "Being involved in town and country … planning is, for many councils, their single most important activity." If the proposals in The Housing and Planning Bill go through unamended, local consultation on planning applications will be seriously reduced. 

You can read Freshford Parish Council's response to the consultation here.