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Council to provide views on Government’s Planning White Paper

Date Published: 09 October 2020

Rutland County Councilors are to discuss the Government’s proposed changes to national planning policy at their Full Council meeting on Monday 12th October 2020. 

The debate on Monday will help Rutland County Councils’ Cabinet to respond to the White Paper called “Planning for the Future”, which proposes to streamline and modernise the national planning process. 

The White Paper was launched in August 2020 and all local authorities have until 29th October 2020 to provide their feedback on the consultation. 

The Paper proposes several key reforms, including: 

  • Simplifying local plans and for three different categories of land to be identified for future growth, renewal, or protect
  • Providing identified Growth areas with outline planning approval. These areas would be designated for substantial development, such as new settlements or urban extensions
  • Proposing that Renewal areas would also be considered favourably for development, but within a specified criterion
  • Ensuring Protect areas – green belt, conservation areas and areas of outstanding beauty - remain untouched

Other proposals include: 

  • Ensuring Local Plans meet a test of sustainability, rather than soundness
  • Ensuring Local Plans are completed within 30 months
  • Supporting people to engage better with the planning process by making it more visual and digitised
  • Replacing the Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy with a National Single Infrastructure Levy

Councillors will be reviewing these Government recommendations from 7.00pm on Monday 12th October. 

The Full Council meeting is being held by Zoom. The agenda and reports for the meeting, along with details of how to watch, can be found on our Meetings page.

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