Developer-led panel to streamline local plans

“Oh dear, another developer-led panel on planning, without environment or community reps,” said Campaign to Protect Rural England chief executive Shaun Spiers.   “Outcome depressingly predictable.”

DCLG’s new panel to accelerate local plans will include no-one from the environment or community sector.

A panel launched by planning minister Brandon Lewis to “streamline” England’s local-plan making process has come under fire for lacking any community or environmental input.  Mr Lewis said the eight-strong panel will consider how to simplify the process with the aim of slashing the amount of time it takes for councils to get them in place.  He claimed this would provide communities with “certainty” and speed up the planning process.

“Our planning reforms have caught the imagination of communities across the country, allowing them to bring forward developments that are a real benefit to local people,” he said.

But the community voice is notably absent.

The panel will include one of the architects of the National Planning Policy Framework, Henley MP John Howell.  Chairing it will be John Rhodes of consultant Quod and also joining will be Adrian Penfold of developer British Land, Richard Harwood QC from 39 Essex Chambers and former British Property Federation chief executive Liz Peace.  Local authorities will be represented by Toby Elliott, a member of Swindon Borough Council and Chelmsford City Council local authority plans manager Derek Stebbing.      Source: Brownfield Briefing

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