“A broad range of housing, planning, transport, environmental, heritage, built environment and public health organisations have come together to set out a shared vision for planning and our suggestions for how the government can maximise the fantastic potential of planning.”
Meanwhile, the East Devon Local Plan is asking for input
One of the problems with the government’s proposed planning rules is that they would impose housing numbers and zoning policies on local authorities:
Planning and local democracy: of zoning laws and revolt – Vision Group for Sidmouth
There are rumours that this might not happen:
How key white paper proposals are likely to evolve before their inclusion in the planning bill | Planning Resource (paywall)
But maybe those rumours can be discounted:
Even after a backbench rebellion and a rethink of the algorithm used to calculate housing targets, the housing secretary still wants to impose a controversial American system of zoning along with a presumption in favour of development.
The government’s relentless push for development is destroying rural England | Planning policy | The Guardian
In response to these uncertainties, the CPRE has joined other key groups to put together a “Vision for Planning”:
A broad range of housing, planning, transport, environmental, heritage, built environment and public health organisations have come together to set out a shared vision for planning and our suggestions for how the government can maximise the fantastic potential of planning.
A joint vision for planning, 2021 – CPRE
With the launch here last month:
Joint coalition ‘Vision for planning’ event – YouTube
Meanwhile, the CPRE has been very critical of the new Dorset Local Plan:
“Dorset Council has not created an imaginative county-wide Local Plan. Where are the fresh ideas for the unique character and future needs of Dorset? We have instead been presented with questionable assumptions, proposals for excessive housing numbers which will threaten our communities and a “cut and paste” cumbersome strategy.”
Dorset Council Local Plan 2021 criticised by Dorset CPRE | Dorset Echo
Fortunately, the East Devon District Council is providing opportunities for proper and open input at the current early stage of creating its own Local Plan – and doesn’t appear ‘cumbersome’ or resting on too many assumptions.
To comment before 15th March, go to the District Council’s website:
You can view the main Issues and Options report on our interactive online pages.
Alternatively, you can view a PDF of the consultation document
If you wish to respond to this consultation you can do so via our online response form.