Hertfordshire Growth Board has submitted its response to the Government’s ‘Planning for the Future’ White Paper. The Planning for the Future consultation proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, 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.
In its response, Hertfordshire Growth Board states: “Hertfordshire Growth Board recognises many of the criticisms of the planning system contained in the forewords by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State. However there needs to be acknowledgement that the existing system has been subject to almost constant change for many years, is now excessively complex and inflexible to operate and is under resourced. We therefore agree that there is scope and need for change and welcome the opportunity to comment on the White Paper and work with government to develop a planning system that we can all be proud of.”
The Growth Board’s feedback follows the sequence of the White Paper and requested form of response. It also sets out a series of recommendations for Planning System reform, based on its collective experience of operating across all parts of the planning system. The consultation has now closed. Read Hertfordshire Growth Board’s response in full here.