Viability appraisals are to be made a planning application requirement in Bristol

November 5, 2017

At the next Development Control Committee B meeting on 8th November 2017, the head of Development Management is presenting a paper to the committee asking for approval of the requirement for a viability report to be submitted as part of a major application. This is in response to the issue of current residential development proposals failing to achieve the level of affordable housing as set out in the Core Strategy.

See the full report here.

Raynsford Review

October 24, 2017

The Raynsford Review of Planning has been set up to identify how the Government can reform the English planning system to make it fairer, better resourced and capable of producing quality outcomes, while still encouraging the production of new homes.

It will be informed by a task force chaired by former planning minister Nick Raynsford and will include politicians, housing providers, developers, consultants, academics and the public.

Evidence will be collected over an 18-month period (beginning in late June 2017) and a report formally presented at all major party conferences in autumn 2018.

read the background papers here 

Responses are to be submitted by 31 October 2017

Delivering the value of planning

November 6, 2016

The Royal Town Planning Institute has published a report on the value of planning and its contribution to sustainable economic growth.

You can read the report here.

Neighbourhood Planning tutorials

July 11, 2016

My Neighbourhood Neighbourhood Planning Tutorials from Locality are available here

Interactive development sites and designations map launched.

July 2, 2016

An interactive Local Plan Policies Map is now available on Bristol City Council’s Local Plan webpage.

This will be integrated with the wider BCC mapping tool Pinpoint in due course.

Locality Up Front newsletter

May 22, 2016

The May 2016 edition of the Up Front newsletter, the monthly e bulletin on Neighbourhood Planning is now available here

Reducing planning regulations to support housing, high streets and growth.

May 22, 2016

Over the last 3-4 years, DCLG has conducted a technical consultation on Planning which has now ended.

All parts of the response can be seen here

The last section to be completed includes review of some temporary changes to permitted development rights, and decisions on whether these should be extended / made permanent.

The result of the consultation has been published here

Commons Select Committee calls for comprehensive review of national planning policy

May 17, 2016

See the report here

The inquiry found that local authority planning departments ‘have been diminished by funding cuts, leading to a loss in capacity and skills’. It recommends a focus on improving funding for planning practice and for promoting skills and raising capacity at the local level so that the planning profession regains the ‘status and prestige it deserves’.

The committee urges the government to rethink recent changes to planning regulations, which in its view diminish the ability of LPAs to require development that takes account of long-term challenges.

Building Better Places

May 17, 2016


Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment

Report of Session 2015–16

Building better places

This report was published in February 2016.


It has been very briefly summarised as follows:

  • First, we need to do better, to collectively aim higher in our ambitions for the built environment
  • Second, quality of place should be at the heart of this concern, as well as a concern for the impact of place (and development) on local populations
  • Third, national government needs to step up to the mark, and to set the tone by being more ambitious in its aspirations for the built environment
  • Finally, national government needs to trust and empower local government to deliver alongside its public and private partners

See the full report: here

Developers cannot waive affordable housing obligations after April 30 2016

April 28, 2016

The Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed that the temporary mechanism allowing developers to change or waive affordable housing planning obligations on the grounds of scheme viability will not be extended beyond the end of this month.

read more here