The Planning for the Future consultation has been launched and proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process. It intends to bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.
There are 83 separate references to ‘community’ and ‘communities’, including how the planning system could be re-shaped to engage people in a more democratic way, that is open to a wider range of groups and individuals. This is a consultation paper that is about people and place as well as process. It is also a consultation that deals with the matter of trust in the planning system and that raises questions about local governance.
Cratus will be carefully considering the content of the consultation paper and its associated documents over the coming weeks.
A copy of the consultation paper is available here