Planning White Paper – the impact. Consultation closes 29th October


sarah brooke-taylor


Is your community and/or parish council aware of the possible impact of the current Planning White Paper (PWP) proposals?

A more centralised planning system is proposed with a single set of planning policies for England and a significantly reduced role for elected councillors but is a ‘one size fits all’ approach for the whole of England the right way to go?

Zoning will have negative impacts on rural communities.  Where they fall into growth zones they will be subject to significant growth, inappropriate in scale and ultimately losing their identity.  In protected zones (anything outside Growth and Renewal) the restrictions on development that will be applied will make it difficult for communities to meet their social and economic needs.

The PWP will limit the opportunities for rural residents to have a say in the nature and scale of development that affects their communities. The focus on digital community engagement will, for example, exclude many of the most vulnerable including those who are digitally illiterate.

Neighbourhood Plans are being downgraded to design guides despite the PWP stating it wants to increase and more effectively engage communities in the plan-making process. Neighbourhood Plans will no longer be able to include policies and site allocations to meet the needs of a community for affordable housing, jobs, services, open space etc.

Changes to the collection of developer contributions (infrastructure levy) are proposed, linked to the final value of a development, with a national charge which could under provide contributions for some sites, risking development occurring without sufficient infrastructure.

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You may respond to the consultation by going to or email your response to the questions in the consultation to

To respond in writing please make it clear which questions you are responding to and send your written response to:

Planning for the Future Consultation
Planning Directorate, 3rd Floor – Fry Building, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF

Confirm whether you are replying as an individual or submitting an official response on behalf of an organisation and include:

  • your name,
  • your position (if applicable), and
  • the name of organisation (if applicable).

The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 29th October 2020.