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Member Briefing: Government consultation on changes to national planning policy

Date: 09/12/15

Government consultation on changes to national planning policy

On Monday 7th December 2015 the Department for Communities and Local Government published a consultation seeking views on proposed changes to national planning policy. It covers the following areas. 

1. Broadening the definition of affordable housing, to expand the range of low cost housing opportunities (paragraphs 6-12);

2. Increasing the density of development around commuter hubs, to make more efficient use of land in suitable locations (paragraphs 13-18);

3. Supporting sustainable new settlements, development on brownfield land and small sites, and delivery of housing agreed in Local Plans (paragraphs 19-33);

4. Supporting delivery of starter homes (paragraphs 34-54); and

5. Transitional arrangements (paragraphs 55-58).

The full document can be found here:

Responses to the consultation should be made before Monday 25th January 2016.

Most of the proposals have been previously announced in either the productivity plan in July or the Comprehensive Spending Review last month but this consultation sets out some specific changes to the NPPF including proposals to change the definition of affordable housing to include products such as starter homes and a proposal to establish a form of presumption in favour of brownfield land.

HBF will, of course, be drafting a response and we would welcome views from members on the specific proposals set out in the consultation. Any comments should be sent to Andrew Whitaker, HBF Planning Director