Long-awaited Government proposals for the transformation of the planning system in order to boost the delivery of new homes have been welcomed by the LPDF.
The Government White Paper – Planning for the Future – recommends some of the measures the LPDF called for in its recent ‘Building a Recovery’ report to simplify the planning system and encourage the construction of more housing.
The LPDF, whose members include land promoters, major house builders, planners and leading law firms, is working with the Government, local authorities and communities to enhance the planning process, and help deliver the new homes the UK needs.
LPDF chairman Paul Brocklehurst said: “The LPDF, and its members, welcome the publication of Planning for the Future, and the intent contained within it, to simplify the planning system to better enable the delivery of the Government’s 300,000 dwellings per annum target.
“We welcome the fact that Government appears to have responded positively to a number of initiatives that were contained in our Building a Recovery paper, which we published recently.”
He added: “The LPDF’s members seek to ensure a continuity of supply of land with planning consent to house builders of all sizes and we wish to engage proactively with Government on its future plans to enable this.
“We believe passionately, as the Government does, that only by achieving this annual target will we close the divide that has developed so that all generations will have the ability to have a high quality home in which to live and bring up a family.”
The Federation will be actively engaging with its members during the consultation period and will respond to ensure that the Government’s proposals achieve the stated aims as outlined in the Prime Ministers foreword to the White Paper, added Mr Brocklehurst.
“The housebuilding industry is critical to the recovery, both economically and socially. Now, more than ever, the Government needs to ensure that the planning system can deliver on its target of 300,000 new homes being built each year by the mid-2020’s.
“The sector can form a central role in any economic recovery plan for Great Britain. It can do so whilst supporting the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda and can address the inequity that is developing between generations through a lack of access to housing, with the wide-ranging socio-economic benefits that this can bring.”